Tiny Basic History

The 100th issue of Dr. Dobb’s Journal (February 1985) published the article I wrote to accompany the Tiny Basic interpreter I had written for the Motorola 68000 microprocessor. This work was a translation of one of Dr. Dobb’s original 8080 Tiny Basics (Li Chen Wang’s version, for any Tiny Basic historians out there). Tiny Basic was one of the driving forces behind the founding of the magazine originally known as “Dr. Dobb’s Journal of Computer Calisthenics and Orthodontia” (whose motto was “Running Light Without Overbyte” – ah, shades of the 60’s!).

My article was reprinted in the book Dr. Dobb’s Toolbook of 68000 Programming, published in 1986 by Prentice Hall Press (ISBN number 0-13-216649-6 for hard cover and 0-13-216557-0 for paperback). As of early 2004, the hardback version was still available at amazon.com.

My article was also translated and published in the February 1986 issue of I/O Magazine, a Japanese computer magazine.

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Later on, Alan Wilcox (who also had several reprints in the Dr. Dobb’s Toolbook book) contacted me about using my work in a book he was writing for Prentice Hall. Does anyone out there know if the book was published, and what its title was? If so, please drop me a note at

Several other people wrote to me asking for permission to include my software with their 68000 computer boards. (My software was written for the Motorola MEX68KECB Educational Computer Board.) Again, I have no information about whether any of these boards were successfully produced. If anyone out there in cyberspace knows anything about these boards, please let me know. I’ll be continuing to sift through my old papers in an effort to find the original letters.

That’s all the information I have for now. I’ll update this page as I make discoveries in my “moldy oldies” paper pile or if anyone is kind enough to send me additional tidbits.

Tiny BASIC Article Pages