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Archive for the ‘Z80’ Category

Much Turbo Pascal history (via What is a Delphi DCU file? – Stack Overflow)

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/05/19

Editing [WayBack] What is a Delphi DCU file? – Stack Overflow for more historic correctness and adding links prompted me to archive some older material and search for some more, basically because while historically very relevant, link rot makes a lot of that stuff harder and harder to find.

The legendary full page colour advert published in the 12th 1983 issue of Byte Magazine on page 456 is at the bottom of this post (Many BYTE magaine issues have been archived at https://archive.org/details/byte-magazine).

The smaller version below is from WayBack: Sip from the Firehose : November 2008 marks the 25th anniversary of Turbo Pascal v1.0! (this article is not available on the Embarcadero or Idera site any more).

I also included more adverts in reverse chronological order at the end:

The last two via [WayBack] saundby.com: Software for the Ampro Little Board.

–jeroen

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Posted in Conference Topics, Conferences, CP/M, Delphi, Development, Event, History, MS-DOS, Pascal, Power User, Software Development, Turbo Pascal, UCSD Pascal, Z80 | Leave a Comment »

Computing History – The UK Computer Museum – Cambridge

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/06/19

On my places to visit:

The Centre for Computing History is a computer museum based in Cambridge, UK. With a collection of vintage computers and game consoles, many of the exhibits are hands on and interactive.

[WayBackComputing History – The UK Computer Museum – Cambridge.

When I bumped into it, this was their collection size, ranging from the 1960s until recent history:

Archive Statistics :

  • Computers = 993
  • Peripherals = 1446
  • Mobile Devices = 31
  • Game Consoles = 213
  • Video Games = 10259
  • Software Packages = 2605
  • Books = 2045
  • Manuals = 4106
  • Magazines = 9057

Looking at their archived brands (having [WayBack] MITS – Altair and [WayBack] Raspberry Pi in the collection) is such a joy.

Archiving the older parts is a tough job, as they stem from way before the web era, so information has been lost, parts are hard to source, a lot of hardware got thrown away or is hard to find at all, people have died. More on that at [WayBack] About – Computing History.

Without a physical visit, you can find what they have at [WayBack] Search Our Archive – Computing History.

The video below on their archive is impressive.

–jeroen

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Posted in 6502, 68k, Apple I, BBC Micro B, BBS, C64, Commodore, CP/M, dial-up modems, FidoNet, History, IBM SAA CUA, PowerPC, Tesseract, VIC-20, Z80 | Leave a Comment »

Delphi ^A syntax: Documented, implied, or undocumented? – Stack Overflow

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/12/12

The syntax is documented. In the Turbo Pasal 3 documentation, i.e. the Z80 era.

Source my answer to [WayBackDelphi ^A syntax: Documented, implied, or undocumented? – Stack Overflow (I have added some WayBack Internet Archive links below) as it is from the Turbo Pascal era where the caret was introduced to support control characters:

This is from long ago as an escape character to enable you to have consts for control characters in a more readable way.
const
  CtrlC = ^C;
begin
  Write(Ord(CtrlC));
end.

This defines a Char constant with value #3, then writes 3 in Borland Pascal 7, and I remember seeing it years before that too.

I just checked the Turbo Pascal 5.0 and Borland Pascal 7.0 languages guides, but could not find it, so it seems undocumented.

Edit: I do remember this was a Borland thing, and just [WayBack] checked: it is not part of the ISO Pascal standard (formerly this was ANSI Pascal Standard, thanks Sertac for noticing this).

It [WayBack] is documented in the Free Pascal documentation [WayBack].

SGI uses the backslash as escape character, as per their docs [WayBack].

More Edit: I found it [WayBackdocumented in Delphi in a Nutshell and the [WayBackDelphi Basics site.

Found it: Just found it on page 37 of the Turbo Pascal 3 Reference Manual [WayBack].

(Marco van de Voort found the Free Pascal documentation)

It in fact originates in the 1984 Turbo Pascal 1 edition, as per the [WayBack] Turbo_Pascal_Reference_Manual_Feb84.pdf:

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Posted in Borland Pascal, Delphi, Development, FreePascal, History, Pascal, Software Development, Turbo Pascal, Z80 | 1 Comment »

6502 emulation: the ICE, or in-circuit-emulator…

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/02/05

On my list of hardware things to try:

[WayBack] a different take on 6502 emulation: the ICE, or in-circuit-emulator… – mos6502 – Google+

Basically it consists of three parts:

 

–jeroen

 

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Recent bitsaver entries on Z80 assembly, CPM and concurrent Pascal

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/06/26

–jeroen

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