RUNS ON XL/XE ONLY. Boot in
Turbo Basic and all your existing programs will run up to 3 times
faster! That's one immediate advantage but Turbo Basic is also a
complete new BASIC programming language in itself that uses all of the
Atari Basic commands plus dozens of additional programming techniques.
Whilst it is completely compatible with Atari Basic, Turbo Basic also
offers many, many new or enhanced commands. How about these for example?
- Disk directory and other DOS
functions direct from BASIC
- Circle, Paint Fill and Text commands
Memory - Move memory blocks, DPEEK or DPOKE to PEEK/POKE two
locations, enhanced PUT and GET
Structured programming - REPEAT-UNTIL, WHILE WEND, IF-ELSE,
DO-LOOP, define PROCedures and other commands that are missing from
- Some incredibly useful functions that you will find
invaluable. RENUMber your program, DELete lines, DUMP variables with
current values, TRACE program execution, indented lines and more.
And there are dozens more, over 60 new commands in
fact! Some incredible time savers include DSOUND to shut off all
sound channels, ERR and ERL to show errors, INKEY$
and INSTR for string manipulation. HEX/DEC conversion,
TIME functions, FRACtions, DIMensioning of strings
with null characters, the list goes on! But that's not all you get on
the disk - read on! Turbo Basic on its own is worth a fortune but what
if you also got a BASIC COMPILER that works not only with Turbo Basic
but also any program you have already written in Atari Basic? That is
exactly what you do get - and it works better than any of the (no longer
available) commercial compilers! The Turbo Compiler compiles to code
that requires a runtime package, included on the disk, but you can
simply name any program as AUTORUN and immediately have your own boot
disk. You won't believe the speed - up to fifteen times faster! You will
have to rewrite some of those games because they will be too fast to
play! As with any compiler there will be one or two lines of code which
may need to be re-written but they are few and far between, certainly
fewer than with any of the major commercial compilers for the Atari.
This alone is worth ten times the price of the disk! But that's not all!
Also included are a few programs written in Turbo Basic
including a great Paint style program and a Text Tidier for converting
text for those who use comms or transfer text from other computers.
These programs are principally to enable you to see how to use Turbo
Basic but are excellent on their own. DS#6 includes a complete printed
guide to all the new/amended commands of Turbo Basic plus a guide to
using the compiler.
Price £3.50 complete with printed manual
Boot with BASIC.