Summer finally arrived and boy is it hot. It goes from bearable to extreme making “computing” less fun. Today is one of the “cold” days so time to get something on “paper”. Besides this I will get some programming work done and play some classic Amiga games with hopefully a bit of time to write a review.
Something I did try in the last couple of time was Qt 4.7. It was a real struggle to get it installed. The biggest problem was to get in on to my Amiga. I tried to download it first but OWB froze all the time not capable of getting the full file which was 400+ MB in size. NetSurf did get it in one time but the file was corrupt. Tried it twice if I remember correctly but both times I ended up with a corrupt file. Next up was a FTP transfer and I tried it with the Amiga as a server and my laptop with Windows 8 as a server bot no matter which setup it did not work. Either it froze every time after a few seconds or it kept going for a bit longer till it also froze. With the resume option I could continue and with one setup I did manage to get to the 400+ MB size but it kept going and going reaching over 500+ MB which meant this was not going to work. Next up was DVD transfer and even with two rewrite-able’s I still got a corrupt file error. After doing a bit of searching I came across FTPMount which allowed me to transfer the whole file without ending up being corrupt. What a great tool this is. I use it with the CLI (old school style) and I was really impressed. I will try it a bit more transferring large files to see if it was not a lucky moment I had with Qt.
So how is Qt4.7? I don’t like one bit. I expected this already but it is a resource hungry program. So most Qt programs will not run. The ones that do are sluggish and they look messed up. It is hard to explain but it is like you see two windows. It is like the programs window is displayed in a OS4.x window so you see the outer parts of the OS4.x window around the Qt window. Of course I only use 128 MB of memory so I should not expect a lot. At least I had a try and I got to know FTPMount so it was not completely fruitless.
There is one topic I am really interested in and that is having a Basic programming language on OS4.x. I grew up with Amos and I always have had a love for Basic like languages. There have been attempts to get a Basic language on to the OS4.x platform while also targeting other platforms at the same time. None of them never really amounted to anything. We can debate if such a language is really needed let alone the time that is needed to get it done. There is Hollywood, the easy to use “program language” so in a away that area is covered for OS4.x. I never used Hollywood myself so I can’t make any comments on it at all. But wouldn’t it be great if there was a Amos like Basic language on OS4.x? A simple way of programming difficult programs, games, demos etc. while still learning the art of programming? No drag and drop but writing the code yourself yet shielding you from the bits that would make you normally scream and run away. I guess that would be really cool.
What are the chances of something like this ever to appear on OS4.x? About zero I would say. I thought about it often if I should not have a try myself. I know more about cars than about creating a Basic program language and I don’t know anything about cars. None the less I have decided to dive into this to see what I am capable of and how far I would get. This is really a starting from scratch, or struggling if you like, project with epic fail written all over it. I will be writing about it in detail so you all get to learn something. If it fails I at least give it a try instead of only thinking about it without actually doing anything. Here’s to the mess I probably will get myself into.
The decision has been made; I am going to purchase OS4.1 for my A1SE! The main reason for this is that when I am programming some stuff does not work the way it should be and what works in one example does not in the other. I am getting some real strange results which I am contributing to the OS4 Pre-Release I am using. For example with some ReAction stuff I had to use code that is not really recommended any more to get it to work. When I follow the guideline for ReAction it just does not work and gives me the Grim Reaper. Since I was going to start with ReAction for The Bucket Programming Corner I really did not want to teach you all the incorrect ways of programming. Plus there are so many other benefits when it comes to Amiga OS4.1 and the updates. The plan is to purchase it within the next two weeks or so.
I really have to DeC myself at the moment since I started to program in Amos again. I need start thinking basic again instead of C. Work on the disk magazine is going rather slow at the moment. On top of that I also want to do a few tutorials on Amos. It is really strange but as soon as you start Amos you start getting these happy feelings from the past. Just seeing some code on the screen makes me smile. Amos still has this great nostalgic wow factor which says something about Amos. This week it is a short column but I felt like sharing my OS4.1 purchase urge. Till next time!
My second week of work after the holiday has already ended and suddenly the lack of time is back. I was unable to release a column last week due to not having enough time. The bit of time I did have I used to write for my The Bucket Programming Corner section. I should be able to publish the first tutorial (introduction) this weekend. I still need to test my Pegasos Phreeboard to see if it still works. I got this planned for this weekend. No excuses just get it done attitude is what I need for this. I will borrow the A1SE components for this so that I can confirm it still works. If it does I can go hunting for the components needed to get my Pegasos Phreeboard running again.
Lately I read a lot about the NatAmi project. I recommend reading “Natami: The Testing of the MX Board” at Oldschoolgameblog. I could not help thinking how Amos might get a second life so to speak on the NatAmi. It certainly would be my choice to play with Amos on the NatAmi if I had such a board of course. If they could get the price to be really attractive (read cheap) I am sure demand would surpass supply. My guess is that the price would be between the 500 and 1000 Euro.
It took a good 4 months but finally ART episode 49 – That Windows Guy has been released. Paul Thurrott was the guest on the show. I just hope the next episode will not take that long like this one to be released. I loved the show and it was great to hear Paul Thurrott talk about his Amiga experience. Rich Lawrence comments on the episode at the Amiga Roundtable section of the AmiZed Studios website. Would be nice to see some NatAmi attention on the show in the form of having some key people of the project on the show.
For the last two weeks or so I visit MorphZone frequent. I am trying to brush up my MorphOS knowledge since I missed out on a lot after being away for such a long time. What I really love is that you can test the latest MorphOS version before buying it. It will slow down after 30 minutes until you reboot. This will give you the opportunity to test it before you purchase it. The cost for MorphOS is 111.11 Euros. If my Phreeboard works I would purchase the latest MorphOS first before I would go for Os4.1 or higher.
A bit of a short column for this week but I will compensate it with one or two articles that I will release this weekend.
Last week was a no-show with the column. Not posted on Friday (that is the idea) but instead on Saturday at least this week there is a Bucket Weekly. Mostly on Friday’s I am knackered after a week of getting up really early to go to work. But there is a bit of hope since there is only one more week of work left for me before my one month holiday will start. Destination is Thailand and it will be our first return after about 6 years after we moved from it to start living in Holland. I can’t wait to go back and have a great time.
What would be my top 10 favourite Amiga games? That is a question that is on my mind for some time already. I have come to the conclusion it would be impossible for me to make a permanent list. Why? Because I would keep moving games up or down, remove some or even add new ones. I could for example rank Run the Gauntlet at place 7 only to take it from the list a month later. For example I played Pirates mostly in the winter so if I make my list in the summer it might not even make it while if I make the list in the winter it would rank on a high place. My idea is to make a live list that could change overtime based on certain factors. It even could start as a top 10 list changing to even a top 25 or 50 list. Another plan is to write some game reviews with the games getting scores on specific factors. It certainly will be a nice trip down memory lane doing all that stuff.
As a treat I got some nice pictures from my Devpac 3 package which is in mint condition. It has the user manual which is in a perfect condition and the same goes for the pocket programming guide. It also has the HiSoft disk wallet with the four disks which I think I only took out once to make a backup. I never did any important programming with Devpac 3 but I gained a lot of knowledge getting into assembler programming. I am trying to remember what I paid for it but I can’t remember exactly. It was for sure above the 200 Dutch guilders which was a lot of money at that time. Besides Amos and Devpac I really had the hots for Lattice C but the price (several hundreds of Dutch guilders) was just too much for me at that time. Anyway feast your eyes on Devpac 3 mania….
A Basic dialect programming language for Amiga OS 4.x is currently missing. If you ask if people would love to see a Amos / Blitz Basic type of programming language for OS4.x the majority would say yes. Of course I am one of them that would say yes. Here’s how I see it…
1 – OS4.x specific and NOT for several platforms
2 – Targeting (at first) OS4.x GUI
OS4.x specific and NOT for several platforms
The idea is to get this done as soon as possible and not something that is coming out (even in a alpha stage) after several years. Although even if it is OS4.x specific it would still take a significant amount of time to get it done.
Targeting (at first) OS4.x GUI
Not ditching on other parts but being able to create OS4.x GUI programs should have first priority. Trying to create an all-round Basic program would delay it. The other parts can be added later. With the OS4.x GUI part you already got something good and it will have something Amos did not have.
More on this subject will follow.
My first Amos product was Amos The Creator (version 1.3). For me the manual was like the holy bible. I carried that manual with me all the time when I was in the house. Even if I did not read it I still had it with me. Today you can find all the info you want on the internet. Back in the day you did not have many sources for information. The Amiga magazine was the only source of information or a bulletin board if you had access to it. If you are stuck with a routine now you just post on the forums and you get your answer. Something you did not have back in the day.
Currently I am digging up all my Amos reading material again and boy that brings back some pleasant memories. I have some problems locating my Amos Professional manual but I am sure it is somewhere in the house. I am pretty sure it made the trip from Thailand to Holland when we moved and also the next trip when we moved from my home town to another town in Holland. If I do find it back I will make sure it goes in the easy to find back moving box when we move to (again) another town in Holland. We bought a house and the the plan is to move at the end of July or beginning of August.
The reason I am locating all the Amos reading material is that I am planning some projects related to Mattathias Basic. You will read more about this in the coming weeks here on this site. For now I will keep on carrying that book.
It has been some years already since Mattathias Basic started. And from the looks of it we would still have to wait for some time before it is ready for end users. Previous approaches have been scrapped for new ones and the current one seems promising according to the main programmers. I can’t wait till I can get my hands on some stuff to try out.
There is the Mattathias Basic Mailing List you can subscribe to. It will be interesting to see how Mattathias will do once it is available in its full glory. I am looking at the OS4.x perspective of it. It will also be available for the classic platform but my main interest will be the OS4.x version. I will be writing about Mattathias Basic on a regular basic here from now on.
Something I like to see getting done properly and good from the start is good documentation. The other day I needed some info related to C programming and I could not find it. I had to search through several sites (not related to Amiga) and that even did not get me the so much needed info. That really has to change and that change can happen with Mattathias Basic. I am planning on writing a series of articles that will introduce Mattathias Basic to the users. Let’s hope I can start with it very soon.