I've taken up an interest in Pascal again, and been poking around to see what I can get to work.
@retroclouds, the links to the p-code disk images in the development resources referencing page no longer resolve. The manuals still resolve, but the disk images (e.g., http://atariage.orat...isk_images.zip)
do not. Fortunately, the disk images were captured and are still available here
. And, separately, here
. And, they're available in spectacular fashion. Some great stuff in there.
I started my TI journey in the early 80s with a silver-and-black console, TI-Basic and an Emerson cassette recorder, having figured out how to get the polarity of the jack just right so that it would work. Then I got a PEB with 32k, a couple of disk drives and XB, and the code I wrote got a lot more sophisticated. Then I got EA/AS, and I realized I didn't know that much about writing software after all.
By the mid-80s, I really wanted a p-code card and all the goodies. Rightly or wrongly - and I know there's a thread debating that now
- it seemed to me that the p-code maximized the capability of the TMS9900. Well, I never got one. Fast forward 30 years and I see them come up for sale on eBay every now and again, but I never do the deal. They're pricey, and I know I won't use it much. Buying one would just be a vanity purchase.
Well, darnit, I want to use the TI as it was maximally capable of being used. Although I haven't coded in Pascal in decades, I spent many an hour coding Pascal during the Members-only-jacket-and-Fiero years. I'd work in Turbo Pascal on a PC and, after a lot of modifications, upload it to the PDP 11/70 via VT-100 emulation and get it to compile. Why couldn't I have coded in Pascal on my TI and used TE-II to upload?
This past week, I started working with the TI emulators again, having used them for some EA/AS work last year
. I installed the latest Classic99 (thank you, @Tursi) and that implements the p-code cleanly (there had been some quirk earlier with reading disk images that's cleared up). I was able to source the manuals thanks to the TI-99/4A development resources post originally made by @retroclouds. Thanks to @Theirry Nouspikel for posting copies of the manuals and the original 5.25" floppies. And I think the credit is due to @wyerd for TI99DIR, which allowed me to navigate the disk images of the stuff I was mapping to (even if p-code has its own file format, TI99DIR was helpful).
This is a lot of words to say thanks to everybody here, many who I'm not acknowledging in this post, who keep this community alive and vibrant. I'm a consumer, not a contributor. There's a lot to consume, and for that I thank you.
Yes, @matthew180, I'll probably get a F18A. And yes, @leestewart, FORTH programming + Rossman + CR .