[Coladam] ADAM Assembly Programming

Frances and/or Richard Clee cleechez at tamcotec.com
Wed Feb 22 22:31:43 CET 2012


Dale, just FYI I still have a number of hard copies of Guy Cousineau's 
EOS Programming Manual from the ANN stock; they sell at $10 plus postage.

On 2/22/2012 3:40 PM, Dale Wick wrote:
> The EOS programmer's Manual by Guy Cousineau is available here:
> http://adamcon.org/eosprogman.html
> The Adam Technical Reference Manual (by Coleco) is here:
> http://drushel.cwru.edu/atm/atm.html
> My page on how to program in assembly for Adam is here:
> http://adamcon.org/~dmwick/mayan/
> with a handy cheat sheet on OS7 functions and a working sample project.
>
> Not sure where you'd get the Hacker's Guide to the Adam volume I by Peter Hinkle but it is a really compact overview of everything you'd need to know for advanced features.  Generally evereything is also in the ATM or EOS Programmer's Manual too.
>
> http://z80.info is a great resource for learning assembly language for the Adam.
>
> Daniel's SDK has lots of ColecoVision cartridge source code.  So it is handy too.
>
> There is also a ColecoVision programmer's mailing list on Yahoo Groups.  A great place to ask questions if they aren't being answered here or on AtariAge.
>
> For native work, I really like Aztec C mentioned earlier or Turbo Pascal for CP/M.  For cross compiling C code you can use SDCC.  It is actively being worked on and works quite well. Daniel's GETPUT library is made to be used with SDCC now too.
>
> Dale
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: Jim Notini<jnoti2 at comcast.net>
> To: Kevin Powers<kjpmail at gmail.com>; Ron Mitchell<rm2892 at gmail.com>
> Cc: coladam at adamcon.org
> Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2012 6:55:08 PM
> Subject: Re: [Coladam] ADAM Assembly Programming
>
> First off, I want to apologize to all the ADAMcon members for not being on
> the Wednesday night chat in quite some time... been extremely busy with the
> family and working a ton of overtime at work!
>
> Kevin... as far as the programming manuals (that were previously discussed)
> by Guy Cousineau, Peter/Ben Hinkle and Mel Ostler (wrote about 5 outstanding
> books on programming that were geared towards the ADAM)... your best bet
> would be either Bob Slopsema or Rich Clee as they were smart enough to hold
> onto all this stuff for all these years. There was never anything official
> released by Coleco as far as development tools/manuals per say.
>
> If you want to send me an email to jnoti2 at comast.net, I will send you some
> emulator disk images of programs that should be of help like MacADAM. You
> will however have to transfer these back to an ADAM disk in order to use on
> a real ADAM Computer which means you need a PC with the conversion programs
> and of course an ADAM Disk Drive.
>
> A great programming series appeared in the Nibbles&  Bits Newsletter by
> Soloman Swift. You can find these newsletters on Joe Blenkle's ADAM Computer
> website in the Newsletters section. In fact, this newsletter carried a lot
> of great programming articles and should prove to be invaluable: You will
> have to do some leg work here reading thru each issue:
> http://www.sacnews.net/adamcomputer/index.html
>
> Hopefully Steve Pitman will chide in as well since he would be the most
> knowledgeable on these matters having started out as a SmartBASIC programmer
> (like me) and then advanced (unlike me) to later developing his own machine
> language developmental tools on the ADAM for his later games.
>
> Jim/NIAD
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Kevin Powers"<kjpmail at gmail.com>
> To: "Ron Mitchell"<rm2892 at gmail.com>
> Cc:<coladam at adamcon.org>
> Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2012 5:23 PM
> Subject: Re: [Coladam] ADAM Assembly Programming
>
>
> 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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