The 2018 BASIC 10 Liner Contest now being held

The annual BASIC 10 liner programming contest is now under way.   This contest allows users to write 10 line BASIC programs on any platform that they choose.  The lines must conform with one of the contests three categories: 80 character, 120 character, or 256 character (extreme) programs.  The contest runs from now until 24 March with the judging to occur there after and prizes given on the 7th of April.

The rules according to the contest website:

1. Loading of data or program parts from mass storage is not allowed
2. The 10 lines must not contain any self-written machine programs
3. All code must be visible in the listing: self-modifying code or hidden initializations are not allowed
4. Allowed are POKEs in storage locations (for example, changing the DL, PM graphics, sprites)
5. Deadline: Saturday, March 24, 2018, 6:00 pm CET
6. Award ceremony: Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the NOMAM in Lübeck
7. Voting by a panel of experts
8. Together with the program, a text file with the program description and instructions should be submitted, including a short description of the start via emulator
9. Attention rule change: – for program descriptions and code explanations there can be up to 0.5 bonus points in the rating
10. Attention rule change: – the delivery of the “long version” of the program with one command per line is no longer necessary
11. The programmers agree to a publication of the programs, the descriptions and the instructions by the organizer
12. Send to GKANOLD-ät-GMAIL dot COM, receive a confirmation per E-Mail and in the 10Liner Forum

For more information, check out the BASIC 10-Liner Contest website at:

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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.