Applesoft Carpenter II

Seattle, Washington — July 5, 2019 — Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) has released the manual for “Applesoft Carpenter II.” Applesoft Carpenter II is a collection of seven utility programs for Applesoft programmers that enhance programming productivity. The tools were written for the Apple II by three well-known programmers: Wayne Eastwood, Glen Bredon, and Val J. Golding.

Availability

The “Applesoft Carpenter II” manual is available through the A.P.P.L.E. bookstore with production and fulfillment by Lulu.com. A disk image will be available on the Apps page.

Features

  • Table of Contents – PDF
  • The Comparer – compares two Applesoft programs.
  • The Lister – provides formatted listings of Applesoft programs.
  • The Cruncher – optimizes Applesoft programs.
  • The Converter – convert Integer BASIC programs to Applesoft
  • The Constructer – make docs on converted Integer BASIC programs.
  • The Finder – perform searches on an Applesoft program.
  • The Keeper – preserve variables while editing an Applesoft program.

Authors

Wayne Eastwood was an A.P.P.L.E. member and programmer who worked with a number of the early Apple II programmers.   He was a an original co-producer and programmer for Applesoft Carpenter II. He was also an author for Nibble magazine, having written The Stepper, a debugger for the Apple II.

Val J. Golding founded Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) in 1978 with the help of Mike Thyng and Bob Huelsdonk at the suggestion of Max Cook, a manager at the ComputerLand where Val bought his Apple II. Val also wrote for Softdisk, On-three and other technology magazines over the years primarily making his mark in the early years of Apple computing. As the founder, Val was instrumental in guiding the company to the position it is in now. Val was the Managing Editor of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine and also served as the chairman of the board of directors.His wife and daughters were a big part of documenting his stories about his hobby of Cable Cars, and he was the editor of a highly acclaimed newsletter for his daughter’s school. He passed away at age 77 on July 2, 2008 after a long battle with cancer.

Glen E. Bredon was a mathematics professor and computer programmer. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1958 and starting teaching at the University of California, Berkeley in 1960. Starting in 1969, he taught at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and eventually retired in 1993. Glen bought his first Apple II computer in 1979 and began exploring its internal operations because, “I wanted to know more than my students.” He programmed and released several best-selling programs for the Apple II computer including: DOS Master, Block Warden, and ProSel, as well as the Big Mac and Merlin macro assemblers. The development of Big Mac started when Glen found the public domain assembler TED/ASM and was dissatisfied in how it worked. He disassembled it, found ways to improve the editor, and added the ability to create macros and shortcuts for coding. He offered his program to A.P.P.L.E. and the user group sold it as Big Mac because of its macro capabilities. Val Golding of A.P.P.L.E. later connected Glen with Roger Wagner of Southwestern Data Systems, and that company later sold the assembler as Merlin. A native Californian and concerned environmentalist, Glen spent his summers away from mathematics and computing, preferring the solitude of the Sierra Nevada mountains where he helped establish wilderness reserves. Photography was also one of his passions that he pursued for over 50 years. Glen passed away May 8, 2000 and left many noteworthy and positive marks on the world with his endeavors.

Producers

Brian Wiser — Apple consultant, historian and archivist.  Designer, editor, and co-producer of many books including: Graphically Speaking: Enhanced Edition, 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, and books like 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 publish titles such as: Graphically Speaking: Enhanced Edition by Mark Pelczarski, Tome of Copy Protection,  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.

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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.