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Teach US Kids to Program

Teach US Kids to Program

In his article “Teach US Kids to Write Computer Programs”, Douglas Rushkoff notes the following lay-man’s analogy regarding our relationship with computers today: Programming a computer is not like being a mechanic. It is the difference between being a driver and a passenger. As a passenger, you rely on your driver to take you where …

Off-platform Apple II development

Off-platform Apple II development

In this session, Dagen Brock deals with using modern development tools and languages to create code and assets for use in Apple II software, including definitions and comparisons of off-platform and cross-platform development; creating build pipelines; using modern tools to create audio and visual assets; and tying it all together, as well as conjecturing what …

Expanding the coverage of HackFest

Expanding the coverage of HackFest

At the tenth annual KansasFest, Eric Shepherd had an idea: to challenge attendees to push the Apple II with a programming competition. Limitations breed creativity, so programmers would be required to write their programs start-to-finish within the time of KansasFest. How cool a program could be produced in just a few days? Thus was born …

Introducing NuInput: A superior INPUT

Introducing NuInput: A superior INPUT

If you’ve programmed in Applesoft, then you know that its INPUT command is not very capable. But now you don’t need it! NuInput, by Ivan Drucker, is a powerful and flexible replacement for INPUT which makes it easy for any Applesoft programmer to specify maximum entry length and permitted keys, automatically convert lowercase, refuse blank …

Introducing Slammer: A New Way of Using Machine Language from Applesoft

Introducing Slammer: A New Way of Using Machine Language from Applesoft

Wouldn’t it be great if you could put whatever machine language you wanted into a standard Applesoft program with practically no performance, dependency, or stability issues? With Ivan Drucker’s Slammer, you can! Slammer is a new method for installing and executing machine language routines, at machine language speed, using 100% legal Applesoft. This presentation introduces …