Chapter 24 – Play it again CoCo, or, playing with the PLAY command!

Chapter 24 in programming in BASIC on the Color Computer, introduces us to the PLAY command, which is a very flexible BASIC statement to play music notes in a variety of ways, and offers a greater degree of options than the traditional SOUND command. The PLAY ...

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Updated Rocketship, the anatomy of a GET/PUT demo

Yesterday I unveiled chapter 22 cover the GET/PUT commands, and I hope I did them justice.  Part of the chapter, was showing off my version of the chapter’s DIY challenge, create a spaceship, and have it blast off and fly through space. I did what I tho...

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Chapter 22 – GET and PUT – it’s a wrap!

My latest video, chapter 22 covers the GET and PUT command, and this chapter was a long time coming!  Chapter 22 covers the GET and PUT command, which are ways to visually “copy” and “paste” graphics onto the screen with a lot of optio...

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The programming Notebook…

As I continue to work on the BASIC demo to show off a lot of ways to use the GET and PUT command, I find I’m already starting to get lost with what I’m doing, so I started using a good old-fashioned paper notebook, to write down variables I’m...

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Fixing Fonts!

OK! So after blogging about what I wanted to do next with the fonts, and looking at the results again, I decided to take one more step in the area of “polish” and put an extra pixel (or more, when needed) between the fonts, to reduce not only the c...

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Font Design, ASCII and drawing text on the screen

The most recent video I posted to YouTube in my programming in BASIC series was showing the fruits of my labor creating “fonts” which are alphabetical characters that I can display graphically using the Extended Color BASIC “DRAW” comma...

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Programming in BASIC, a project 35+ years in the making

In 1981 I got my first home computer, it was a Tandy/Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer, it was silver, aka “Battleship Grey”, it had 16K of RAM, and I started with a cassette player as my way of saving and loading programs.  I started to learn the...

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