Re: [stella] atari 2600 programming

Subject: Re: [stella] atari 2600 programming
From: "Joel Park" <joelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 10:23:30 -0400


My suggestion is to check out this page.

First read over the Changing graphics the Easy Way PDF file on the page.
Also look at some of the Decompiled code projects and see if you can make
heads or tails of them.    For a good first project,  I would just try doing
a graphic hack of a game.

Once you've toyed around with it,  get the Playfield sample and start
reading over it.

Once you've messed around with that stuff,  check out Ebay or Amazon and see
if you can't find a book on Assembler.  I found a Commodore 64 Assembler
book that is helpful.   I figured the Atari computer assmbler is very close
as well.

Somewhere, possibly on the page I sent you above,  you can find an Assembler
command reference and it tells you what each command does.  That will help
you understand the code a little.

Good luck my friend.
Joel D. Park

By the way:

>"Programming the VCS is hard enough for people who have
>no ASM background at all, even if they're _experienced_
>coders with any other serious programming language."

That's really harsh!

----- Original Message -----
From: <cybergoth@xxxxxxxx>
To: <stella@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2001 9:41 AM
Subject: Aw: [stella] atari 2600 programming

Hi Maxime!

> 4-I know HTML code. In HTML, you have a big template
> of coding that you have to used. beginning, title,
> middle and end. In atari 2600, do we have to repect a
> simple structure of code?

If this was meant to be a serious posting and is not
some very early (or late? ...) 'April Fools Day' thing,
I'd suggest the following:

Forget it.

Programming the VCS is hard enough for people who have
no ASM background at all, even if they're _experienced_
coders with any other serious programming language.

HTML can't even be considered coming close to a
programming language.

I'd suggest starting with something way simpler
than the VCS first, like any BASIC language,
to get at least an *idea* of what programming
_means_ first.

Maybe if you'd then get more experience,
probably by learning some
closer-to-the-machine language like C or C++,
you can carefully start to learn 6502 ASM,
best by starting on a 'safe-base' like the C64
or another 'forgiving' machine.

Then, after a learning process of maybe 1-3 years
come back here and try your luck on the VCS.


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