What are people using these days to write CBM BASIC 2.0 code on a PC for the C-64? I am using PSPad with a custom syntax .INI file that recognizes .BAS file extensions, and highlights the keywords, i.e. PRINT, IF-THEN, etc., and displays strings in "qoutes" in another color. The basic programming notepad conventions used for Java, PHP, C++, etc.
I use tok64.exe to convert the .BAS text file into a .PRG file, and for converting a .PRG file back to a .TXT file again. Very cool utility.
ATOLLE, Anthony Tolle, the author of Color 64 BBS v8.x, used an IDE called WinBatch, and he had it customized somehow to work with BASIC 2.0 and ML code. It was quite cool, but I did not want to buy the WinBatch IDE program just to write code for the C-64.
Another option, is to write code using a REAL C-64/128 PC, or an emulator, i.e. WinVICE 1.20, and save the files to a .D64, then use a utilitiy like D64 Editor to import/export the .PRG files to a native PC directory for U/L to a BBS, etc.
What do you use and recommend we use? Is there a Windows program that would work as described here that I do not know about, other than WinBatch of course, that is freeware?
Post by mrloadstar on Feb 24, 2007 13:58:00 GMT -5
I enjoy cross-platforming -- moving between VICE and my PC/MS-DOS utilities is quick and easy. I use 64Copy to move around the harddrive and copy files between disk images. 1581Copy makes a D81 into a 1581 disk and vice versa.
When working with graphics, I use Photo Delux to massage the image into a 320x200 GIF, 64Copy to put the GIF into a D64, then GoDot to bring it into the known world of VICII!
I also have a TXT2T utility that coverts TXT files into LOADSTAR's 38-column T.* files, using VICE at Warp Speed.
One thing i'd seriously recommend is looking at SLANG - it's a BASIC variant, either compiles on a SuperCPU-equipped breadbin or a PC and the output is very quick indeed. It takes a few conceptual leaps to get used to, but what little time i had to put into it produced some very interesting results.