[Coco] DECB or ECB Compiler
zmerch-coco at 30below.com
Tue Sep 28 16:51:14 EDT 2010
On 09/18/2010 08:16 PM, Little John wrote:
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> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Carlos Martins Nabeto"
> Subject: [Coco] DECB or ECB Compiler
>> Anybody knows if exists any DECB or ECB compiler?? If yes, is it
>> compatible with Expanded Color BASIC of CoCo3?
There was a very advanced system - I'm pretty sure it was a compiler -
fpr the CoCo3; I believe it was called Window Basic 3 or WBasic3 --
memory cells are froggy right now... I remember drooling over it back in
the day because it was kinda like Basic09 for SECB on Steroids...
The good features that I remember:
1) Line numbers not needed (but could be used when importing older programs)
2) It had built-in MMU support - so a DIM statement of an array too big
to fit in 32K *worked* -- if you had 512K, you could DIMension almost
all of the ram (minus program/video/etc. memory) for huge (for SECB)
3) It had built-in basic Windowing support - you could create several
different text windows & have different outputs to different windows --
I don't know if it had graphical capabilities; that's beyond my memory
allocation** right now. (Where's that big DIM statement when I need it?)
** 12 hour day (with a 300 mile round trip) on 2 hours sleep...
I think I have 2 functioning brain cells left, and they're not
talking to each other right now. ;-)
Now for the bad news:
1) I don't believe it contained a "100% SECB compatible" mode. Depending
on the complexity of the program you wanted to convert probably
translated to the complexity of debugging session you would need to
endure to convert a program to WBasic3. I think the "basics" were quite
similar, but when you got into the graphics & whatnot, I think there was
quite a bit that was different.
2) No CoCo1/2 support.
So, I doubt it would work with any of the 'clones' available in Brazil.
Anyway, if I get 'round to drumming up some time and finding my old
Rainbows, I'll see if I can find an ad for it.
Roger "Merch" Merchberger
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