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#1 hloberg OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:59 PM

To help me learn Action! I have started a tutorial on Action! in my Atariage blog.

I'm up to lesson 4 on my blog. I post about once a week or so.

below is part one.

 

http://atariage.com/...earning-action/
 



#2 E474 ONLINE  

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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:42 AM

Hi,

I remember Action was cartridge only, and you needed the cartridge for the run-time routines, though I think at some time a disk based version might have been released. Is it worth writing up how to set up a new development environment sometime, e.g., get this disk image for the Action compiler, it works with this dos, etc., here's a hello world program, you compile and run it like this, etc., etc.?

#3 bugbear OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:20 AM

There are/have been/were two attempts at a cross compiling version of Action!

http://gury.atari8.info/effectus/

http://www.noniandji...n_Compiler.html

 

I do not know how far they got, wether they were finished, or wether they still work.
 

 BugBear


Edited by bugbear, Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:20 AM.


#4 Gury OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:33 AM

Effectus is still alive, but it was not maintained for a while, I agree. I will return to it very soon.

 

Gury



#5 hloberg OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:33 PM

Hi,

I remember Action was cartridge only, and you needed the cartridge for the run-time routines, though I think at some time a disk based version might have been released. Is it worth writing up how to set up a new development environment sometime, e.g., get this disk image for the Action compiler, it works with this dos, etc., here's a hello world program, you compile and run it like this, etc., etc.?

you can run Action! with the runtime package disk without the cartridge. I have the runtime disk included with the resources for Action! I posted. 

http://atariage.com/...rt-2-resources/



#6 hloberg OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:35 PM

Hello world in Action!

 

PROC main()

  PrintE("Hello World:")
 

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#7 Alfred OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:14 PM

If you use the OSS runtime, make sure you patch it with the fixes from bugsheet #3.



#8 Geister OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:47 PM

Is there an alternative to the OSS runtime?  Where can you find this bugsheet #3?



#9 Alfred OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:10 PM

There are some other runtime packages, have a look here:  https://atariwiki.or...Action-Runtimes

 

Bugsheet #3 is there as well: https://atariwiki.or...tion Bugsheet-3



#10 _The Doctor__ OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:22 PM

now there is a project, fixing up all known action issues and cleaning up... new Action ROM would be nice among other things... ducks behind the shrubbery and runs out of sight and picks a hiding place...



#11 777ismyname ONLINE  

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Posted Sat Feb 2, 2019 12:03 AM

now there is a project, fixing up all known action issues and cleaning up... new Action ROM would be nice among other things... ducks behind the shrubbery and runs out of sight and picks a hiding place...


It would be very nice! I bought Action (and some other OSS stuff) in the last 1/3 of the 80s. I never opened it. Somewhere or another I have a new in the box Action. Partying and girls dictated that I was not going to learn more about coding for a few decades :)


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#12 luckybuck OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:22 AM

All your questions should be answered from here:

https://atariwiki.or...jsp?page=Action

If you have accidently the 2 missing Action! programs, please let us know. :-)







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