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Assembly Language Graphics for the TRS-80 Color Computer

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Assembly Language Graphics for the TRS-80 Color Computer
Assembly Language Graphics for the TRS-80 Color Computer
Title Assembly Language Graphics for the TRS-80 Color Computer
Author Don Inman, Kurt Inman with Dymax
Publisher Reston Publishing Company a Prentice-Hall Co., Reston, VA.
Pub Date 1983
Pages 280
ISBN
ISBN-13
Alibris 10663716325
Language English
Format black and white paperback, Soft Cover
Notes
Info Source Luis Fernández

From Back Side:

Written specifically for the TRS-80 Color Computer, this dy-namic new book uses sound and graphics to show you how 6809 assembly language can be used to perform tasks that would be difficult or impossible with BASIC. All of the tech-niques included in this book are explained in a hands-on ap-proach so that you begin to learn as soon as you pick up the book. Learn how to tailor your own programming style, from editing, assembling, executing, and even debugging, to make your programs run quickly and efficiently. Assembly Language Graphics is packed with video screen diagrams, which explain each step of the process of creating your own graphics. By combining the extraordinary capabilities of the TRS-80 Color Computer, your curiosity and imagination, and Assembly Language Graphics, a powerful new programming skill will be yours.

The Table of Contents:

  • Introduction to Machine Language
  • Sound
  • Edit, Assemble, and ABUQ
  • Color Graphics
  • Animation
  • Sound and Graphics
  • Joystick Animation
  • Text
  • Graphics with Text
  • Vistas Beyond

Cover Design by Debbie Balboni

RESTON PUBLISHING COMPANY, INC.

A Prentice Hall Company

Reston, Virginia

Reviews By Stephen Gray.

Assembly Language Graphics for the TRS-80 Color Computer, by Don Inman and Kurt Inman. Reston Publishing Co., a Prentice-Hall Co., Reston, VA. 288 pages, hardcover $16.95; paperback $14.95. 1983.

Once you've thoroughly understood Inman's book, TRS-80 Color Computer Graphics (Reston), you might want to see "how an assembler can be used to perform feats that would be quite difficult, if not impossible, in Basic language. Rather than introduce machine and assembly languages through a mathematical approach, we have chosen sound and graphics as the vehicle for learning," the preface says.

After an introduction to machine language, the book looks at Sound, Editing, Color Graphics, Animation, Sound and Graphics, Joystick Animation, Text, Graphics with Text, and Vistas Beyond (mostly on making your own PROMs and machine language tapes). Each chapter ends with a summary and test; answers are provided for the odd numbered test exercises. The authors use and recommend the CBUG machine language monitor and SDS80C Software Development System from The Micro Works (Del Mar, CA).

Rather than merely presenting assembly language programs to be keyed in and run, the authors explain the meaning of all the instructions, with many examples, in a very clearly written text intended for hands-on use.

Assembler is not an easy language for most Color Computer users who know only Basic, but this text is one of the very best (and very few) to explain it as simply as possible.

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