BOOK REVIEW #8
Easy Programming for the Oric-1
by Ian Stewart and Robin Jones
|INTRO. Another book for you to
look at. This is one I only managed to buy recently when
I bid for it on Ebay, the internet auction site.
Certainly one of the best places to buy things, though it
is so tempting to buy things you dont really need !
Take care and check the sellers credentials before
THE BOOK. Its blue ! Last time we looked at Shrivas green machine code book. This has a similar design being also a book from Shivas friendly micro series.
A book for the beginner it describes how to use the BASIC of the Oric-1. Being released in 1983 it has no Atmos detail.
WHATS IN IT This is a well presented book with clear photos and screen-shots throughout with some of those friendly cartoons to help you on your way. Actually they dont help at all really, they just distract you and sometimes you wonder why they are there at all. I guess it is because this book is aimed at younger readers and as such it is quite good, taking the reader through things a step at a time.
|Whats in it ? Well there is an
introduction which states how this isnt a book for
the expert and that is very, very true. There are then 31
chapters ! That sounds an awful lot - indeed it is. That
isn't because this is a large book but because it is a
book that takes things a step at a time and goes through
each step explaining what is happening. There are lots of
example programs and at the back of the book is a program
index and then a commands and symbols index to help you
find the bits you want.
It is often said that the Atmos manual is a better book than the Oric-1 version. It may have more information that an expert to delve into but a beginner doesnt need that . Indeed, this book has no chapters about machine code and only two appendices, one featuring the alternate character set and the other showing the control codes. Pretty basic stuff ! And that is the point; this book is for the person new to the computer experience. Its no good showing them a pile of hex code !t
|The pictures do help, as do the screen-shots. The
sections on graphics takes its time explaining the
different functions and the little cartoon is there to
let you know you are not the only one having difficulty
getting to grips with serial attributes. (Curse it, curse
it, curse it. Dont you mean CURSET? - I
know what I mean !)
Being an Oric-1 book written for the beginner it probably isnt much use nowadays with most people owning an Atmos for years and advancing beyond the beginner stage - but memory lapses occur when you get a little older so maybe its worth picking up a copy of this book when you see it. 7/10
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