A.P.P.L.E. Reviews

By Val J. Golding

At the top of the list is Apple Computer’s new Basic programming manual. This falls just short of being a masterpiece. It is well written and easy to understand, even for a novice like this writer and is printed in a small, easy to handle spiral binding. It starts by introducing simple Basic commands in program format and in each simple program, goes on to bring a new command into action. If you have not yet recieved your copy, ask your dealer.

The April-May issue of MICRO, the 6502 journal, reached our desk just in time to be included in this review. Here is a Magazine that is a must for the serious Apple II owner. Every issue to date has had material on Apple II, and this is no exception with an Applesoft Variables chart and an Apple II Programmers guide, an update on a prior article about interfacing a printer to Apple, and comments about the clocking system used by the HP. The guide contains many good hints and routines that are not to be found in the owners manual. Other art icles cover a morse code program for KIM-I, other KIM’-l and PET related stories, words on a standard 6502 ssembly Syntax, Micro’s software catalogue and Part III of a 6502 bibliography. It is published bimonthly by “the Computerist” at B Fourth Lane, S. Chelmsford, Ma. 01824 , $6.00 per year. Run, don’t walk!

Last, but certainly not least, is Dr. Dobbs Journal of Computer Calisthenics & Orthodontia, published 10 times per year by Peoples Computer Company, Box E, Menlo Park, Ca. 94025, at $12.00 per annum. Unlike Micro, Dr. Dobbs is not 6502 -oriented. However, it appears that the software section each issue has programs for the four popular chips, 6502, 6800, Z-80 and 8080. In addition, it would appear that about every other issue has material pertinent to Apple
II., this one being no exception, with a Renum / Append routine being featured. This journal does not accept paid commercial advertising, on the premise of “keeping us honest, while pursuing the role of consumer advocate. We agree.

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About the Author

Bill Martens

A.P.P.L.E. Chairman of the Board and Club president -- Bill worked for the founder, Val J. Golding and A.P.P.L.E. from 1981 to 1982. In 1999, he began archiving the materials which were distributed and sold by A.P.P.L.E.. That project led to the group that remained of A.P.P.L.E. Bill was involved in the financial industry in Tokyo and has over 20 major office infrastructure projects to his name. In March 2001, he retired to write books and to spend more time pursuing personal interests. As the president of the users group, Bill is in charge of distribution of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine as well as the organization of this web site. Bill currently resides in Tokyo, Japan and Shelton, Wa splitting time between the places.