[vcf-midatlantic] Museum Report 2021-06-12 & 2021-06-14

Bill Degnan billdegnan at gmail.com
Wed Jun 16 21:59:58 UTC 2021

That's great.   IBM PC BASIC is different than CP/M BASIC used on a
Zorba, there are many versions *(many)* of MS BASIC.  That was their bread
and butter program from 1975-1985, until MS DOS and Windows came about.
The MS fortune was first made licensing BASIC to various hardware vendors
and producing hardware-specific variants.  I taught a class at a past VCF
on this very subject and about how to manage BASIC per the hardware, etc.
  There are books out there that explain how to manage BASIC on various
hardware platforms, with program code samples that show differences on the
Apple, CBM, Atari, IBM BASIC, etc.

Here is my slide deck
..NOTE:   It's just the slides not my talking points but it shows that
there is a lot about MS BASIC in my talk.  Maybe it would be worth
repeating this class at a future VCF.


On Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 4:42 PM Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> Saturday and Sunday a super high interest guy came. I think he was about
> late high school age and visiting from Georgia.
> He stayed Saturday for hours and was programming BASIC on the Zorba by
> himself. He asked to borrow a Microsoft BASIC manual so I gave him one from
> the IBM 5150 and off he went. I don't know what his end product was as I
> was busy with the repair workshop that day and couldn't stick around.
> Dennis can fill us in as he was docent that day.
> On Sunday he came back again and was programming on the TRS-80. He used the
> TRS-80 Graphics Programming book as a reference and created an
> etch-a-sketch program.
> It's quite rare for a visitor to stay for hours like that and sit down and
> program on these machines. From time to time I will get visitors that are
> patient enough to sit down, type in a short program and teach them the
> basics of BASIC programming.
> =========================================
> Jeff Brace
> Vice President & Board Member
> Vintage Computer Festival East Show-runner
> Vintage Computer Federation is a 501c3 charity
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> jeffrey at vcfed.org

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