[Coladam] ADAM Assembly Programming

Kevin Powers kjpmail at gmail.com
Thu Feb 23 00:07:13 CET 2012


These aren't available in PDF or other digital formats ANYWHERE???

On Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 5:56 PM, Jim Notini <jnoti2 at comcast.net> wrote:

> **
> Hacker's Guide to ADAM Vol. I & II are up for auction on eBay. Here are
> the links:
>
>
> http://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Hackers-Guide-to-Adam-Adam-Computer-/140707469638?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20c2d19946
>
>
> http://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Hackers-Guide-to-Adam-Volume-Two-Adam-Computer-/140707469114?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20c2d1973a
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Dale Wick <dmwick at yahoo.com>
> *To:* Jim Notini <jnoti2 at comcast.net> ; Kevin Powers <kjpmail at gmail.com>; Ron
> Mitchell <rm2892 at gmail.com>
> *Cc:* coladam at adamcon.org
> *Sent:* Wednesday, February 22, 2012 2:40 PM
> *Subject:* Re: [Coladam] ADAM Assembly Programming
>
>  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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