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DarkBASIC Professional Discussion / new sega genesis and coco ide (wip )

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Posted: 20th May 2023 14:45
I've been away from app game kit and dark basic forums for a long time and thought i would pop in and showcase some progress i have made in a new project created using dark basic pro.
Some may remember some work i have done with other apps such as Qmidi Studio, Model Props, and some other random utilities. I even released a few games on the ouya when it was around created from appgamekit.
This particular project has spawn from me having an interest in learning 6809 assembly and then moving up to 68k assembly within a 3 year period roughly.

So what is this sega / coco ide ?

Its a programming environment that helps you organize your project, assist with library calls,compiles your projects into machine code.
yiks! what kinda language is this? .... well its technically assembly but has some basic command type coding that i invented to speed up the process.

so what this application does is a pre-compile to convert the basic stuff into assembly and then it does the finishing compile of asm code.
at this stage i do believe i could write a completely new basic syntax programming environment for these two machines but for now this is the resulting project of my research.

ok so what type of projects can be done with this? You can build a color computer project.... the download includes an emulator to test your code, programs on.
You can build a sega genesis rom and test your code on an emulator, even flash it to real hardware and run it on that. I've mostly been focusing on the sega libraries but will also expand the coco's in the future.

so major work in progress and many tutorials and help videos will be coming.

the download:
-includes two sega genesis emulators to test and run your code that you write
-includes an emulator for testing color computer projects
-NO ILLEGAL ROMS! this is here for programming purposes.

-the segacoco ide written in dark basic
-a complete game called Treasure Island Defense written in 6809 assembly by me
-matrix demo for color computer
-a few library commands that will be expanded in the future

/sega genesis
-several example programs
-chicken dance demo
-ym2612 music demo.... music can be converted from qmidi studio to run on my custom player
-psg music demo... music can be converted from qmidi studio for this also.
-controller input examples
-a big library of commands that i am always expanding and you can help expand easily too.

see with projects like dark basic we can expand the commands library through the use of dll's
with my editor we can create these libraries that are human readable and produce help comments to use them or even modify them easily.

here is my forum.... you dont need to sign up to download anything or read about anything ....infact you can ask questions here about the project and i will get back to you probably same day.
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Posted: 23rd May 2023 02:56
This is really cool!

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Posted: 24th May 2023 01:23 Edited at: 24th May 2023 01:28
Thanks.... i'm going to be focusing 100% on this as i feel the Retro Renaissance is upon us! Creating new for the old! hehe...
Besides cool is it to build applications at circuit level.... very cool and the 68k is an amazing processor to learn on.

I will start producing some youtube video tutorials very shortly to include teaching assembly 68k.

The funny part is this ide is 100% built with dark basic.... i have dark basic translating commands into assembly to speed programming up!
very cool indeed!

The latest addition to my dark basic assist coding is it now translates if then else endif statements into assembly.

my goal with this project is to make assembly programming faster for a programmer.....closer to the speed of writing a basic syntax app but with the speed of machine language in the end.
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Posted: 24th May 2023 04:35
just found an error with the color computer stuff not running with vcc. fixed the download.

This fix will now run the Treasure Island Defense game that i wrote. Source code is there for people to look at / learn + modify....


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