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Posted Sat Mar 6, 2010 4:29 AM

Several changes:

* Partly rearranged; Tutorials & Manuals divided in Assembly Language / XB / Others.
* Added CS1er tape conversion to the "utilities -> file/transfer" section.
* Added TMS9900 microprocessor Data Manual to "Tech Manuals" section.
* Added MG Smart Programming Guide for Sprites to "Tech Manuals" section.
* Added Matthews' Assembly sound player for XB to "Tech Tutorials" section.
* Added SN76489 Data Manual to "Tech Manuals" section.
* Added commented sources of Pitfall!, Munchman and TI Invaders to "Tech Tutorials" section.

Edited by retroclouds, Sat Mar 6, 2010 1:13 PM.


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Posted Sat Mar 6, 2010 12:05 PM

That's great man!!! That sound player
is no joke man... Thanks for the work Filip.

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Posted Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:36 PM

Added reference to the updated bank-switching tutorial.

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Posted Sun Mar 21, 2010 3:36 PM

Thanks!!! Once I get rockin in AL (if I get rockin in AL) this will come in mighty handy!!!

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Posted Sun Mar 21, 2010 3:54 PM

Syntax highlighting file for TMS9900 assembly language and TI Extended Basic.

For use with Notepad++

Now that I can use! Thanks!

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Posted Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:46 PM

URL to VDP Programmers' Guide was broken. Fixed that.

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Posted Sun Apr 11, 2010 7:18 AM

Updated the resources:

TECH MANUALS
1. Assembly Language
- Added reference to COMPUTE'S Beginner's Guide to Assembly Language on the TI-99/4A

2. Basic / Extended Basic
- Added reference to COMPUTE!'s Programmer's Reference Guide to the TI-99/4A
- Added reference to COMPUTE!'s TI Collection volume one

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Posted Sun May 2, 2010 8:53 AM

Several changes:

* Added book cover pictures to the tech manual section.
* Added COMPUTE's first book of TI games to the tech manual section (Extended Basic).
* Added MG Night Mission to the tech manual section (Extended Basic).
* Added reference to Tursi's Convert9918 utility and to his article "Modern Graphics on the 9918A".
* Consolidated some URLs and fixed a few broken links.

Edited by retroclouds, Sun May 2, 2010 8:57 AM.


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Posted Sun May 2, 2010 10:23 AM

Looks great ! :thumbsup:

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Posted Sun May 9, 2010 11:26 AM

Some changes:
* Added asm990 assembler
* Added notepad++ and syntax highlighting file
* Added TI logo manual
* Added file transfer video tutorials
* Some cosmetic changes ;)

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Posted Wed May 12, 2010 12:20 AM

Matthew180 has written some assembly tutorials which I have posted to my website if anyone's interested. Also, his brilliantly crafted sound player with an excellent breakdown and commented source is there too. For certain, something to
check out--- and the sound player should absolutely be in this thread. Independent music running in an XB program.... That's some cool stuff there!!! Additionally, Magellan... I don't know if The Codex is ready to release it yet to the general public, but it's an essential part of my programming toolkit, and it really is the best there is already... We're an emulator away from an IDE, you realize that, don't you? :)

Edited by Opry99er, Wed May 12, 2010 12:24 AM.


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Posted Sun May 30, 2010 4:26 AM

Matthew180 has written some assembly tutorials which I have posted to my website if anyone's interested. Also, his brilliantly crafted sound player with an excellent breakdown and commented source is there too. For certain, something to
check out--- and the sound player should absolutely be in this thread. Independent music running in an XB program.... That's some cool stuff there!!! Additionally, Magellan... I don't know if The Codex is ready to release it yet to the general public, but it's an essential part of my programming toolkit, and it really is the best there is already... We're an emulator away from an IDE, you realize that, don't you? :)


Thanks for pointing this out.

Matthews' sound player tutorial was added to the development sticky thread.
Magellan will be addded as soon as Codex does the official release and gives permission for adding it ;)

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Posted Sun May 30, 2010 4:27 AM

Some modifications to the development sticky thread:

* Partly reorganized for better overview
* Added some video tutorials about the TMS9918/9928 VDP

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Posted Thu Jun 3, 2010 4:13 AM

Added Magellan.

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Posted Thu Jun 3, 2010 7:58 AM

Thanks Filip! Only one correction, the link to the Java download needs to be updated:

Get Java

Once I create a permanent page for Magellan on my website I'll post that URL as well. Thanks again for managing this very useful list! :thumbsup:

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Posted Thu Jun 3, 2010 12:08 PM

Very good work ! :)

The link to Speech Synthesizer video tutorial is not correct.

Edited by sometimes99er, Thu Jun 3, 2010 12:09 PM.


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Posted Thu Jun 3, 2010 12:22 PM

You may add this ... :)

4. Graphics

  • Patterns flash

    TI-99/4A sprite editor written in Flash for many operating systems and browsers. Draw your sprites, export to clipboard and paste patterns directly into program lines of emulated Extended Basic (Classic99 or MESS).

    This utility needs Flash player available for free at Adobe. Most have this installed already.
    Status: Still under active development


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Posted Thu Jun 3, 2010 11:54 PM

Thanks for the updates people! I'll add the required modifications :D

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Posted Fri Jun 4, 2010 11:28 AM

Updates are in, hope I didn't introduce too many new bugs :grin:
I can't believe I had the java download link pointing to Microsoft, was so sure I tested that :o

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Posted Fri Jun 4, 2010 12:04 PM

Added Cf2k (Compact Flash 2000) to the utilities section.

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Posted Sun Jul 4, 2010 9:12 AM

Added GPL Programmers Guide :D

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Posted Sun Jul 11, 2010 8:34 AM

Graphic tools section updated:

* Added GraphiCV by unhuman
* Added Sprite Editor by willsy
* Added Patterns demo video by sometimes99er

Edited by retroclouds, Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:51 AM.


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Posted Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:07 AM

Some updates:

* Added the Molesworth book "Introduction to Assembly Language for the TI Home Computer"
* Added the "Art of Assembly" series by the late Bruce Harrison. Over 600 pages, very informative.
* Added reference to TI-FAQ on Ninerpedia

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Posted Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:35 AM

Thanks. Good work. :thumbsup:

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Posted Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:47 AM

Several changes:

* Fixed multiple broken links
* Added the Lime font ripper by sometimes99er and referred to the 200+ fonts library.
* Added the TI Projects page and Matthews' [code/hack/create] site.
* Added screenshots to most of the Tech web sites.


The Development Resources Thread is getting pretty long and uses quite a few images.
I think the images make sense though, as they emphasize on the documents and web sites.
On the other hand there's a limit of the number of images that can be used in a single post.
So most likely I'll be forced to split the thread in multiple posts if I reach that limit.
That isn't necessarily a bad thing as it can improve navigation.

I'm waiting for Albert to upgrade Atariage to the new IP.Board version as it might offer some
new features that can be used.


There were several broken links I had to fix. I bumped into them by coincidence actually.
That is not good and I hate to be taken to a "404 page not found" :(
So I'll be looking in writing a tool that I can run like once a week.
It'll loop over all references in the thread and check if they are still valid.

Nonetheless, I don't have that tool yet. If you are aware of an open-source tool that does just that,
then please let me know. It'll save me some work. Also, if you come accross a broken link let me know and I'll fix it right away. :)


I still have an old copy of the Development Resources thread over at Ninerpedia. Manually keeping the Ninerpedia thread "synchronized" is a hell of a task.
I'll have to find a solution to that very soon, as I don't like outdated information.

At this time I see 3 possibilities:

  • Remove the Ninerpedia Article
  • Find someone who manually synchronizes Ninerpedia with this thread
  • Write a program that automatically generates the required wiki code from this thread

I originially wrote the wiki article because there are some TI'ers that just didn't know about Atariage or didn't wanna visit it.
Things have changed lately and most TI'ers should be aware of Atariage.
So I'm seriously considering the first option and just keep a single reference to this thread.

Edited by retroclouds, Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:58 AM.






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