'Sinclair BASIC comes to Raspberry Pi' - Article


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by Joefish » Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:25 pm
I saw this come up on The Register:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/13/sinclair_basic_for_raspberry_pi/

and was rather surprised it hasn't been covered/promoted/newsed on this site..?
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by paulemm » Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:50 pm
Looks really interesting, and it seems to be FREE too. I loved my ZX81 and Speccy so I can possibly keep Pi-ing and do some nostalgia, ;)
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by tech-fruits » Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:48 pm
Great stuff right!? :) We wrote about it here http://www.tech-fruits.com/archives/4778
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by mahjongg » Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:39 pm
tech-fruits wrote:Great stuff right!? :) We wrote about it here http://www.tech-fruits.com/archives/4778
err... wrote about it? this points to an article about Palo Alto Tiny Basic (in 1K) which is a very different basic than Sinclair basic! Its better comparable to the limited Sinclair basic of the ZX80, but SpecBas is the much enhanced basic for the Sinclair Spectrum.

Not that tiny basic on the RPI isn't interesting mind you, I have still fond memories of some of the many "tiny basics" at the time, I remember finding the 8080 source code for one in a German magazine, and porting it to a Z80 self-built machine, (inspired by the exidy sorcerer) of a friend. But there were many more tiny basics you could find left and right, another nameless one I used was written in 6502 assembler for the KIM-1, and came on a roll of papertape.

Then I got a TRS-80 (clone, the LNW-80) I bought after some experience I had with Level 1 BASIC 1 in 4K on a TRS-80 in a Tandy shop. But my LNW had the much expanded (microsoft) Level 2 BASIC. The original Level 1 was based on Li Chen Wangs tiny basic, but not Level 2, which was one of the first Microsoft basics.
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