Blankenship BASIC – New Manual

Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) has released a new manual for the Apple II programming language Blankenship BASIC by John Blankenship.  Beyond improved readability from modern typesetting, this 80 page manual makes using, understanding, and expanding the programming language easy.  John assisted us with this release, and he is eager to see how people expand their programs.

Blankenship BASIC, last released 1987, expands the power of Applesoft BASIC by vastly expanding available commands and capabilities for Apple II programmers of all levels.  Programs are written with a sophisticated line editor and complete compiler. BASIC will be easier, faster, more structured, more fun, and especially more useful.

Availability

Blankenship BASIC is available through the A.P.P.L.E. bookstore with production and fulfillment by Lulu.com.  A disk image for the programs is available on the Apps page.

 

 

Software Features

  • Compatibility with existing Applesoft programs, and features that fit into 8K of memory, while requiring only 2K from the main system.
  • Works with DOS 3.3, ProDOS, DAVID DOS, Diversi-DOS, etc.
  • CHAIN programs of unlimited size while enjoying improved garbage collection within your programs.
  • Structured Programming:  DEFINE-PERFORM named procedures, REPEAT-UNTIL, WHILE-ENDWHILE, IF-THEN-ELSE-ENDIF.
  • Convenience Commands:   PRINT.USING, RANDOMIZE, INKEY, INLINE, SOUND, and BELL.
  • Graphics Commands:  DRAW.USING, HSCRN, BOX, BOXFILL.
  • Performance Commands:  SORT, SWAP, SEARCH, and INSTR$ that make the program’s speed a top priority.

 

Author

John Blankenship taught programming, robotics, and engineering technology at DeVry University for 33 years.  He holds a Masters Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University, an MBA from Georgia State University, and a BSEE from Virginia Polytechnic State University.  During his early teaching years, John created Blankenship BASIC for the Apple II computer and other programs like Speech Development System.  He wrote magazine articles for publications such as Byte, and numerous Apple books including Apple House, Robotic Arm Projects, and Structured BASIC Programming in BBASIC.  After retiring from DeVry, he wanted to develop better methods for teaching and motivating precollege students.  John, along with colleague Samuel Mishal, developed RobotBASIC for Windows – a programming language ideally suited to the educational environment.  And, because of their desire to contribute to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) movement, John and Sam continue to make RobotBASIC available to schools, teachers, and students absolutely free from RobotBASIC.org.


Producers

Brian Wiser — Apple consultant, historian and archivist.  Designer, editor, and co-producer of several books including: Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software, Synergistic Software: The Early Games, Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From the Computing Revolution, The WOZPAK Special Edition: Steve Wozniak’s Apple-1 & Apple II Computers, The Colossal Computer Cartoon Book: Enhanced Edition, and What’s Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition.  Producer/Director of the documentary film Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity, Beagle Bros and Applied Engineering webmaster.  Brian also co-produced the retro iOS game Structris, and is a co-producer/writer for CallApple.org and Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine.

Bill Martens — Apple historian and enthusiast, Programmer, President of Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) and co-producer of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine, Cyber Jack, Synergistic Software: The Early Games, Nibble Viewpoints, The WOZPAK Special Edition, and What’s Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition. Bill also co-produced and co-programmed the retro iOS game Structris.

 

Publisher

Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) has been a global Apple user group since 1978, with membership peaking near 50,000 in 1985.  Offering many services, A.P.P.L.E. is also a book publisher and game developer, and has produced over a dozen new book titles since 2013 in addition to over 100 Apple software titles.

A.PP.L.E. produced and published the The WOZPAK Special Edition – a detailed book containing Steve Wozniak’s restored handwritten notes and printouts about his Apple II computer, as well as a forward from Steve Wozniak and other Apple legends. They also published:  Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software, Synergistic Software: The Early Games, Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From the Computing Revolution by Mike Harvey, What’s Where in The Apple: Enhanced Edition, The Colossal Computer Cartoon Book: Enhanced Edition by David H. Ahl, The A.P.P.L.E. 1978 and 1979 Compendiums, and the retro iOS game Structris.

Press Information is available at:  www.callapple.org/press

About the Author

Brian Wiser

Brian is an A.P.P.L.E. Board member and Managing Editor of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine. He is a long-time Apple consultant, historian and archivist. Brian designed, edited, and co-produced several books including: "Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software", "Synergistic Software: The Early Games", "Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From The Computing Revolution", "What's Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition", and "The WOZPAK: Special Edition" – an important Apple II historical book with Steve Wozniak's restored original, technical handwritten notes as well as a forward from Steve Wozniak and other Apple legends. Brian also co-produced the retro iOS game "Structris." Brian was an extra in Joss Whedon’s movie “Serenity,” leading him to being a producer/director for the documentary film “Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity.” He brought some of the Firefly cast aboard his Browncoat Cruise and recruited several of the Firefly cast to appear in a film for charity. Brian speaks about his adventures at conventions around the country.