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TURBO-BASIC XL source code-the chase is over, I failed

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Hi together,

After years of investigations following every possible trace and paying government fees in a 3 digits amount, AtariWiki can disclose, that we finally found the author of TURBO-BASIC XL, Frank Ostrowski. Sadly, he has left us in 2011 at age 50 due to a severe disease. What a loss. He belonged to the so called: „irreplaceables“ and will be widely missed, not only by his family.

As we know from Galaxy Quest, we never surrender and we never give up. Therefore, I found his brother, his sister, his colleagues and so on, but none of them has the listing nor the diskettes with the source code of his marvelous program. So, we have to accept, that his source code is lost in time, like tears in rain.

But it gets even more worse. The enhanced version from Thorsten Karwoth is lost too, because of a water damage in Thorsten's home, which destroyed all listings and diskettes. That is a very sad status, but there is still hope. If someone out there in the galaxy can rebuild the source code out of this marvelous program from the original object code, like Lorenz did with Star Raiders:

https://atariwiki.org/wiki/Wiki.jsp?page=Star%20Raiders%20source%20code%20by%20Lorenz%20Wiest
, we can rebuild it, we have the capability to build the world’s best Basic for Atari ever, faster, stronger, better. We call the six million dollar Basic just simple Ultimate Basic. With all the source codes now in PD:

https://atariwiki.org/wiki/Wiki.jsp?page=Articles#section-Articles-ProgrammingLanguages

it should be possible. Any help or assistance in this is very welcome at any time.

With this, I would like to say thank you all, who helped us, especially the donators for the fees, who would prefer to stay in the dark.

Everything we could preserve from TURBO-BASIC XL can be found here:

https://atariwiki.org/wiki/Wiki.jsp?page=TURBO-BASIC%20XL

Frank, wherever you are, you really did a man's job, so outstanding and far ahead of your time. Germany is deep in your debt and so is the worldwide Atari community. We will never forgot your work and your contribution to the world. You belong to those, who are not replaceable and will never be forgotten. May god bless you, wherever you maybe are now.


All the best.

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Who knows, something may turn up unexpectedly one day.

 

I noticed the version of "Turbo BASIC XL - Expanded Documentation" on the wiki is not the most recent one I worked on. The last one I worked on removed unintentional spaces between bookmark entries.

 

You can download the latest version here: Happy-Computer: Turbo-BASIC XL v1.5 (Disk)

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Some information about the CAR image on the wiki -- which has the full suite of TBXL language applications (Interpreter, Compiler, Linker, Runtime, etc.). Apparently, the CAR type is set to something other than SIC!, which is what it should be. The menu loads but nothing selected will run properly (just dumps back into the menu).

 

I stripped the header off and created a new working CAR image. Here are both the ROM and CAR versions. [bTW, thanks, I hadn't seen this cartridge before.]

 

TURBO-BASIC_XL_1.5,_Compiler_1.1,_Runtime_and_Linker.rom

 

TURBO-BASIC_XL_1.5,_Compiler_1.1,_Runtime_and_Linker.zip

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Thank you so much MrFish, will update the Wiki, if you don't mind with credits to you?

 

No problem, I was helping myself too.

 

I don't mind; you can put MrFish there if you want. Has (have) the author(s) of the SIC cart image been credited somewhere, though?

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I remember that around the year 2005/2006 Lonny Pursell, the author of e.g. AtarIRC for the ST platform, and a very experienced user of the GFA BASIC (he even was fixing bugs in the compiler) found a contact to Frank Ostrowski (who is also the author of the GFA). I remember that we asked him about the sources for the TBXL. He replied that these did not exist anymore.

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oh... sad to hear.... Turbo Basic XL is definitly one of my long term used language since release in Happy Computer as type in listing.

 

as I never coded on ST but I fully apprecate the impact of GFA basic...

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oh... sad to hear.... Turbo Basic XL is definitly one of my long term used language since release in Happy Computer as type in listing.

 

as I never coded on ST but I fully apprecate the impact of GFA basic...

If we have the type in listing, wouldn't that be everything (source) minus the comments?

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I remember that around the year 2005/2006 Lonny Pursell, the author of e.g. AtarIRC for the ST platform, and a very experienced user of the GFA BASIC (he even was fixing bugs in the compiler) found a contact to Frank Ostrowski (who is also the author of the GFA). I remember that we asked him about the sources for the TBXL. He replied that these did not exist anymore.

 

So it seems this search was destined for failure before it began.

 

Pretty bleak circumstances; not really much hope of any original source code turning up for this at all.

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@drac030: Thanks, would be cool, to have known this a little bit earlier... ;-)

 

@Stephen & AtariGeezer: Thomas Meyer's site was first, but we have the listing in the AtariWiki, too. Yes, we just have the object code, but not the source code from which the object code can be created. There is just hope, that a new disassembler (from JAC!?) or someone else can do a 1st marvelous job in this case.

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@fkashjazzcat: do you know for sure or do you just believe? If you know, from whom?

@MrFish: Of course, a waste of time, money and disappointing good users here, because I can't upload new stuff in the Wiki in that time. But the source code page do really look great meanwhile and I want to continue this. Frank's work was it worth and I would do it anytime again. The hope does at the very end... ;-)

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@CharlieChaplin: WOW! Didn't knew that! We have type in listing task force at Abbuc, so again, we have a waste of time here...

 

Good to have brought up this topic, many users here have borught one piece after another. This will help us to complete the picture. Thank you all. :-)))

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So sad to hear about his dead. RIP.

 

Yes, it is. The man has a lot of respect and appreciation from me for his (free) contributions to the system (and ST, GFA BASIC).

 

I gave a second dedication on my site to him and Happy Computer Magazine -- after Bill Wilkinson and OSS. I plan to add more TBXL material to my site eventually too.

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