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Action! Syntax Highlighting for Visual Studio Code

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As by-product of my most recent article (https://vintageisthenewold.com/going-into-action-with-atari-xl-xe-part-4-using-vscode-and-action-with-syntax-highlighting/), I have crated a syntax highlighting for VSCode. I haven't found anything similar for this editor, so I hope it will be useful for more people other than myself!

 

If you use vscode already it can be installed from the Extension explorer. Just search for "OSS Action". You can also download from here: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=pgarcia.ossaction

 

Bug reports and suggestions are welcome.

 

Cheers

 

 

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@pedgarcia referring to your article:

Quote

Around this time the three of us
took delivery of proper PC based
development systems from Catalyst.
Each of us received a then state-of-
the-art Opus 80286 PC with
monochrome monitor running DOS
and a professional cross-development
package.

 

The business end of the PC
development was handled by a PDS
(Programmer's Development System)
board, which was really just a parallel
I/O card that would connect to the
target machine (at the time a
Spectrum, Amstrad or C64) via a
simple interface. On the target
machine you'd load a small piece of
code that would sit there polling the
lines and waiting for a signal supplied
by a custom assembler running on the
PC - as soon as you'd assembled on
the PC and used the SEND
Command the target machine would
transfer the object code and you'd be
up and running in about a second.
The download code for the target
machines came in three versions,
'dumb', 'smart' and 'interrupt driven'
with the latter running under interrupts
allowing the PC to monitor, control
and even change the code on the
target machine while the game was
running, which wasn't really a lot of
use if you were trying to write time
critical code but it did have a nice line
in real-time Trace functions.

 

(...)

 

The PDS system was originally
developed by Andrew Glaister,
Argonaut's Jez San and Fouad (Foo)
Katan of Bits to help create the game
Skyline Attack but ended up
becoming a business in it's own right,
P.D. Systems Ltd. The going rate for
a PDS system was £500 and the cost
of the PC was £1200 (...)

This quote is taken from free book It's Behind You - The Making Of A Computer Game By Bob Pape http://www.bizzley.com/

Edited by zbyti
free book

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On 10/24/2020 at 6:24 AM, zbyti said:

@pedgarcia referring to your article:

This quote is taken from free book It's Behind You - The Making Of A Computer Game By Bob Pape http://www.bizzley.com/

Cool @zbyti. I actually read this book years ago and I remember he mentioned that indeed. I have added this reference to the article. THanks!

 

 

 

 

 

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