[Coladam] ADAM Assembly Programming

Kevin Powers kjpmail at gmail.com
Sun Feb 19 00:23:35 CET 2012

Thank you!  What are the best places to get those documents?

On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 6:39 PM, Ron Mitchell <rm2892 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Kevin.
> The short answer to your question is "yes you can".
> But then you ask "How does one go about it...... ?"
> The information is available. It's simply a case of finding it all and
> bringing your knowledge of assembly language programming or C programming or
> Pascal , or whatever, to the table. You then need to know the operating
> system setup to allow your allow your programs to make best use of the
> operating system functions that Coleco makes available.
> There are more programming tools available on the CP/M side of the house
> than there are under ADAM's native operating system (EOS). There is, for
> example, Hi-TECH C which is now in the public domain, and available from
> www.z80.eu/c-compiler.html
> The same site also has the Aztec-C package verson 1.06.
> Bringing these packages into the ADAM CP/M environment is a bit tricky but
> it can be done. I have the Aztec C package on a TDOS disk if you're
> interested.
> The same applies to Pascal, Forth, or whatever other high level language
> you'd care to name. If there's a CP/M 80 version available, it can be
> imported into the ADAM environment. It's then a case of knowing what to do
> with it.
> There are documents out there to help:
> The Hacker's Guide to ADAM (volumes 1 and 2) by Peter and Ben Hinkle. This
> is for SmartBASIC users, but it gives a good picture of how the basic
> interpreter relates to the operating system, and provides some invaluable
> information about the EOS jump table and how to call the OS functions.
> The EOS Programmer's Manual by Guy Cousineau:  I'm not sure anybody has
> scanned this book. I have a printed copy (which I intend to keep). However
> you might find others on this list who have a spare copy.
> The SmartBASIC Disassembly Listing by Dr. Richard F. Drushel. I know he's
> got it up on the net here. Just can't find it at the moment. Perhaps he'll
> see this and set us both straight.
> Finally there's a Colecovision development kit available from Daniel
> Bienvenu at:
> ccjvq.com/newcoleco/
> It's a package of tools and examples called 'NewColeco's Devkit (for
> Windows)'. Daniel's website is still under construction at the moment, but
> the DevKit is there.
> In summary, you need to be completely familiar with how ADAM does business.
> It's essentially a case of loading your program into the transient program
> area (usually from 0100 HEX) upward for about 50k. That much is available to
> the user. The rest is occupied by page 0 and by the area of upper memory
> where the EOS lives. If you know the functions provided by EOS, you can save
> yourself a lot of work.
> All of this comes from the "take my advice, I'm not using it" department.
> I'm roughly familiar with what needs to be done.  I've yet to do it.    Have
> managed to learn enough C to be dangerous. The rest of all this in on my to
> do list and has been there since 1986 - when I first asked the question that
> you're asking now.
> Cheers
> Ron Mitchell
> on Canada's Wet Coast
> On 17-Feb-12, at 11:17 AM, Kevin Powers wrote:
>> How does one go about doing assembly programming (or Pascal or C or
>> otherwise higher-end-than-BASIC/LOGO) programming on the ADAM?  Is it
>> possible to access the more high-end graphics/sound functions of the
>> ADAM (such as those used by cartridges or Super Game Packs) via BASIC
>> or an assembler?
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