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Games reviews 



Software solutions 



Competition 

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Mailbag 



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RS-232 - 



ANDRE WILLEY explores the 
mysteries behind computer talk 



MOST people are familiar mitli the 






downloading a bulletin board file via a 


manv will even know that the tirst is a 




parallel system of transferring Infor- 


If you are using a parallel Interface, 


mation wliile the latter uses a serial 


such as our eight-lane motorway, 


system. But what is the difference 


there is no problem - all you need to 


between the two types of interface - 


do Is send each row of eight cars 




down the road after Ihe previous one 


Well, whichever one is in use at the 


has left. When they reach the other 


time, the aim is very simple - to trans- 


end each row, or byte, of eight cars 




will still be driving side-by-side, and 


point A to point B as quickly and 




efficienlly as possible. In computer 


The problem occurs when using a 


terms, each individual character to be 


serial Interface - such as our RS-23J 


sent is called a byte, and it is stored 




internally as a pattern of eight swit- 




ches known as bits. 




Some of these bits will be switched 


by another and another after that, then 


on and others will be off, and to trans- 


there is no simple way of telling where 


fer any information between a com- 


one block of eight finishes and the 


puter and devices such as printers or 


ne>(t begins. 




This dilemma is prevented by send- 






connecting cable. To do this, each bit 


lorry, before each group of eight cars. 


is converted into a short pulse of elec- 




tricity - normally five volts for a 1 bit 


end of the road they will still be in the 


and zero volts for a bit. 


same pattern: One lorry, eight cars. 




one lorry, eight cars, one lorry, eight 


single bil-pulse of data within a byte is 


cars and so on. In computer terms. 


represented as a car travelling along a 


these lorries are called start bits 






would ideally like to send our eight 






To make our example completely 


it would seem highly logical to build 


true to the digital world of computers 




we will need to make one other alter- 


car could have a clear lane of its own, 


ation. Since a computer can only deal 


Thus each car could drive alongside - 


with bits of data which are either on or 


or parallel to - the other seven vehic- 




les making up a full byte, and the jour- 


voltage -we should really think of our 


ney would be a fast and smooth one. 






the same length as a car, rather than 




two different types of car. 






might expect lo find ourselves driving 
along ordinary main roads with just 


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In the parallel motorway example, a 


case our eight cars must follow each 


byte such as 10000001 would have a 


other nose-to-tail the whole way, and 


car in the outer lane, empty spaces in 


the journey would lake considerably 


the middle six lanes, and another car 


longer. 




This example shows how a single 


on the road, including those in the row 




behind, travel at the same speed they 


you prefer - is passed between two 


should arnvein the same oattern. 




In order to tell the computer at what 


complicated by the fact that you rarely 


speed the information is being sent. 


want to transfer a single byte on its 


an extra signal line known as a strobe 


own. More often a stream of bytes will 


Is used to provide extra synchtonis- 


be sent - such as printing out a full 


ation pulses. This can be thought of as 



_^aturej| — 



a serial in 8 bits 



gets around anothsi possible prot 
- Hial of how to detBCI zero If 

cars and spaces instead ot just c; 

row containing ONLY spaces for 



send a message by 



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informatior. What hapi 



1 ther 



along < 



The speed of the 



ona full bvlB of data - tlius 
I data transfer rate of about 3Q 
lecond at 300 baud. 

IE receiving end may 
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shaking. 

As you will 
by now, para 



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Pin No. 


Function 




Strobe (Sync) 




Data bit 1 




Data bit 2 




Data bit 3 






6 


Data bit 5 






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Data bit 7 


9 


Data bit B 


16 


Ground 




Fault 






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Pin No. 


Function 


2 


Data Out 


3 


Data In 




Request to Send 


5 


Clear to Send 




Data Set Ready 




Ground 


S 


Carrier Detect 




Data Terminal Ready 


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puter to pause for relatively long 


T'lT^'XTlTZSTS 


green for ihe co 




Most of these handshaking lines 


this does is let the computer know 


anylhitigalall.Thi 
information lo a p 
turned on, for exan 




refer to the Data Terminal and (he 












and in our case Ihe Data Terminal 


Until this happens there is no point in 


RS-232 is a far m 


will note thai tfiere 


would be the Alari micro itself and the 


the computer even getting ready to 




Data Set would be the modem - or 


send information. Carrier Delect is 


BBBm to be aimos 


as many connec- 


indeed any other RS-232 bevica we 


often used by Bulletin Board software 


•l^slem, which b 


rely defeats the 


might have connected. 


to tell the host computer when a call 


object of a singie 


iane higtiway for 






computer data. In 


fact the only iwo 




In fact, the full RS-232 standard lists 


way communicalia 
Data Out. These 


entiai tor full two 
n are Data in and 
liow data to flow 


To run through the handshatdng pins 
then, the Data Terminal Ready is swi- 


some 20 signal lines, but moel are so 
obscure thai they are almost never 
used. In fact, most modems will quite 


along a single line 


n eitiier direction - 


tched on by the computer to tell the 


happily operale with just the Data In 


rather like a norma 


fiighway in which 








oppositB sides of 




petmanenlly-on signal connected to 

their DTR line. 






modems will check lo see if this signal 


Ail of'the otbB 


lines operate as 


is set before allowing themselves to 


handsliaking aids, 


ke multiple sets of 


answer an incoming call. Data Sel 




traffic lights. Tiiey 


re very rarely con- 


Ready is just the opposite to DTR - il is 


• Next time I'll explain hon the Atari 






a signal set by the modem to say Ihat 


RS-232 imerfacB system worts, and 








how vou can write programs to con- 




e current status of 


The Request To Send signal Is very 


trol your aSO Interface or P:R:Con- 




her intermediate 


similar to the DTR, except that it not 








only says that the computer is ready to 


Once you know how lo do that you 






send data bul actively requests the 


can connect hundreds of different 




a over telephone 








will often be using 


sion. Clear to Send is the modem's 


ranging from simple plotters to 


uery slow baud ra 




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r On a recent trip lo the USA I 
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disc. These would then be mailed to 
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LEN GOLDING continues his Basic 

series by showing you how to 
structure your programs correctly 



th we bring togethi 

Lcu H^es learned so fi 

complete Basic game. Tr 




Programming|— 



to erase, means Ihal Ihe main loop occupies ing al line 190, This produces a short 

■ This roLtme draws Ihe target at a jusi five lines, from BO to 120. If bleep and erases the current target bv 

randomly determined position, and anything goes wrong now, we can plotting the original background 

calculates a random value for COUNT, easily isolate the faulty section of character over it. Then it prints a new 

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Mouse or mice? 


into Forth-79. This is not complete and 






The most inlerasling extension lo 


omils the word J, but again, words 






ths care of ttie language is the 








inclusion of a mouse handler wtiich 


have got lo grips with the language. 




characters, but this means that half 


can read r/ie second joystick port 






when an ST mouse Is plugged into 


^Q^^^H^^^^^^H 




the disc space is wasted. Pulsar 


There are some restrictions on lis 






should have considered breaking with 
he Forth 1 k tradition and had screens 


use. Since it utilisss the Pokey chip, 
sound channel cannot be Used If 


So is Pulsar's Fig-Fonh worth buying? 




of 16 lines by 32 charactars to save 
problems later. 


the mouse is enabled. Also the 
right mouse button is not read. 


As a language Forth is certainly 




IJlm^Wff^^^^^^^^^^^^B 


A simple sketch program is 
Included on the disc and is a useful 


elite nsibility make it an excellent lan- 
guage for many applications. How- 






illustration of ham to use the 
mouse. Unfortunately the dacu- 


ever, there are other versions avail- 
able for the a-bit machines. The public 




The Forth system itself seems to be a 




domain Fig-Forth's may not have 




complete Fig-Forth implementation 


a little sparse, and If you aren't 






with the necessary Atari-specific 
words added. Graphics, sound com- 


familiar mth Forth you will have 
problems. 


and useful - and not so useful - exten- 




mands and disc I/O are all supported. 


1 found the mouse handler an 






but annoyingly there are no words for 


interesting feature but C24.95 






sending any output to a printer. The 


seems a lot to pay for it. However, if 






appropriate words could be added by 
anyone with some knowledge of 


you buy Forth and Ihe handler for 
£35 the package seems to give 


including two advanced editors and a 




OCB commands, which are covered 




CZO, cosmgaroun 




There are a few minor bugs in the 


If the documentation was dearer 
for a novice and showed in clearer 
detail how to use the mouse from 


Pulsar's Fig-Forth falls somewhere 
However, a later revision with a more 




anguage. Occasionally the system 
seized up when 1 deliberately tried lo 




within your own Basic programs, it 
would be a superb buy. As it is, 1 

seasoned programmer. 


advanced editor, printer handler and 
availability of a single density disc ver- 
sion would offer excellent value for 




: N The colon begins all word 
definitions, N is its name- 














1 The number one is put on 
the top of the stack. 






- an editor, iwo disc copiers, the 


ProduQt: Fig-Forth disc 




SCR This variable holds the cur- 


sketch routines and additional words 








supporting player-missile graphics 


Supplier: Pulsar Soflwsre, 4 Church Hill 






and some programming tools. They 


Ho3d. East Bernel. Hens EN4 BTB. 




E;j<ecu[ing a variaOJe puts 


are of varying use, but can easily be 


ni: 01-44! 0793 | 




stack rather than the value 
of SCR, 








+ 1 Adds 1 on to the address. 








For example: SCR=SCR-H 








L Lists the screen whose value 








is in SCR and is a word 








defined in the editor, 
; The semicolon ands the 






I( 7 y 




'—=. =;^ 1 1 




definition. 




/ . ^^^^^ ^^^^;;:^ 




'igure 1: Enampls word used in Fig-Farth 






ake the top number off an empty 


t'a^ ' " 




lack. Whan the slack is empty an 






rror should result if allBmpls are 


/Ili77 / y \ 




loesn't always happen with Fig-Forth. 


1 iW-U ^^ 




^Iso, screens with blank firsl lines 


// ^ ~ZaZ^ -^^^^ 




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Ul lU ^—'•—^ ^KK 




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'tnparsd to Dos-XE, 
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• Tlie appearance of a Dos 









2.6 would be welcomed by 
most owners of theXF-551 


BIGGEST IN THE WORLD? 


disc drive. Dos-XE isn't the 
friendliest Dos, whereas 2.5 


1 SEE from several leiiers 


puters have still sold 


wondering if you can help 


However^ aHht revitw 




Now why is this? Could it 


me with a little bet 1 have 


stated, you could always 


User thai Alan UK is plan- 






use SpanaDos vuith the 


ning to support the 8 bit 




After looking through all 




computer properly. 1 feel 


made they are? All 1 know is 


the Atari specific puhli- 


best of both worlds. High 


that Atari has left it a little 


that Atari has never lifted a 






late to help the lifespan of 


finger to support the 8 bit in 


conclusion that you are the 


user-friendlineas - what 


the XUXE micros. 


the UK. 


biggest 8 bit Atari magazine 


more could vou ask for? 


It is and always will be the 


So. here we are in the late 


in the world, f^y friend says 






1930s and all of a sudden 






sold in the UK. This may 
well be a bold statement. 


Atari is saying what a great 
little computer it Is, let's 


aren't you? - Klmberlev 
Jenkins, Sutton Coldlield, 


Commander 


look at the last 10 years to 






boot error 




if this new advertising 






Since the first day the old 


campaign of Atari's does 


have a lol to say didn'l vou. 




too computer appeared in 


inject new life and 




65XE computer and tape 


the High Street stores it has 


popularity into the 3 bit 1 for 


biggest 8 bit specific maga- 


.deck since Christmas of last 


never had any advertising 






year and 1 have been very 


behind it 




really know, But aPier look- 


pleased with its per- 


Atari has never advertised 


old 800 for nine years now 


ing at the other UK and 


formance. 1 have just bought 


the 8 bit micro in any trade 


and 1 plan to own it for 


American magazines for the 


a new game from Star 


magazines or on TV or even 


another nine. 


Atari micros we do appear 




in Atari User. Yet the com- 


To finish off with 1 was 


(0 be the biggest. 


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Cause for 
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Wi^er 






if it is planning to 

my more games for 

„,.. i? -Kevin Cartlidge, 

mfi spot ^""''^ """ 



Zeppelin hits 



Budget-priced games are 
on-exislenl so tiianli good- 
ess ttie XE Games System 
ame out- Before tliat li^e 



s having ihs same prob- 



Aiati User there ivas a ware developmenl at Zep- 

superb arlicie about Zap- psiin and author of the two 

pelin games. After reading it games you mantionBd -and 

/ prpmptiy went out and passed on your kind """ 

bough! them - Zybex and ments. 

games I have ever seen on ■ many new games as 

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like to take this opportunity neirt relsass, due any 

great programs. see the article on Page 28 of 





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14 




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19 


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20 


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