[Coco] Young programmers....
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Sun Jun 14 09:17:18 EDT 2009
My 8 year old son has taken to BASIC programming on the COCO.
He's got the Coco 2 set up in his room, and we've got the Coco 3
downstairs. While going through the Coco 3 manual, he noticed a grid
worksheet for the 64x32 text mode. I thought we just had 32, 40, and
80 columns on the Coco 3. He was wondering why "WIDTH 64" did not
work. I'm assuming the 64x32 is just the set/reset (that uses text
characters and is therefore a text mode), but it never really says
that. There isn't some weird or "Easter Egg" text mode on the Coco 3
(analogous to some of the Coco 1/2 semigraphics modes) is there?
This actually gave me an idea for the next Cocofest. Job
permitting, I'd like to set up a booth and have a "kids corner" where
our younger members could play coco games or write programs. I'd like
to reward any kid who writes a program with a US Savings Bond
(provided that the US Treasury does not go bankrupt or experience the
"Zimbabwe Effect"). Anyone who is a kid at heart, but not a younger
programmer would of course be able to write programs too, but please
understand that I haven't got enough money to finance a bond for
everyone....just the kids...).
Does anyone think we could muster up enough kids to make this
happen? So far, I can think of only one.
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