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This ATR file contans all of the code in Machine Language For Beginners, ready-to-run for Atari BASIC: MLB.ATR. All of the code is tested.

Contents of the disk image:

Program C-3 Simple Assembler

Program D-2 Atari Disassembler

Program 2-2 Atari Hex-Decimal Converter

Program 2-3 Binary Quiz

Program 2-4 Binary Table (0-255). This program will not perform as expected with Atari BASIC, as Atari BASIC lacks bitwise operators.

All of the following load on page 6 ($0600). The .ASM files are Atari Assembler/Editor compatible source files and the .OBJ files are binary object files.

To run any of these programs boot from Atari BASIC, load the .OBJ file from DOS with "L", then exit to BASIC. Run with:


(No program number given in book.) From "Using The Monitors" section of Chapter 3. Example program that prints "PRESS ANY KEY" to top left of screen.

Program 7-2, OS A & B version.

Program 7-2, XL version.

Program 7-2 prints text on the screen to current cursor position using EOUTCH OS routine.

We changed the message to something more interesting and also added a section at the end that shows a very easy way to use this OS routine to print a character at a time for short messages. With this second method you don't have to bother setting up a loop structure or storage space for your text. To print each character you only need to use two lines of code. Some inverse and graphics characters are included to show how easy it is to use. The only bad part about this routine is that OS A & B machines and XL machines have it in a different place, so we have included both versions on the disk image.

Special Note: To display screen control characters (clear, delete, etc.) print an escape character first as in BASIC. Otherwise they will perform their normal functions. The only character that you definitely can NOT USE with this routine is the "bell" character (Ctrl+2). If you print it with the EOUTCH routine, it will never stop beeping and will cause the machine to lock up most of the time.

Program 8-2 Atari substring search routine. See text for how to call up this one.

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