Lodmot, on Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:52 PM, said:
While it's not real 6502 ASM
That's subject to debate, since it compiles into "real 6502 ASM," the include files are written in assembly, and you can use inline assembly. I know what you mean-- you can program in batari Basic without ever having to write any assembly code of your own in your programs. But in some ways batari Basic is like "assembly plus". And in other ways it's "less" than assembly, in the sense that you have less control over the machine level if you aren't using any assembly code of your own.
In any case, I second your recommendation, because batari Basic is a great way for beginners to quickly jump into Atari 2600 programming, and the ability to create your own inline assembly code or include files lets you gradually shift from pure-bB code to pure-assembly code at your own pace.