Post subject: Machinist from North Carolina on a Mission
Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:02 pm
Joined: Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:25 am Posts: 3
Hi, My name is Dave and I reside in Eastern North Carolina. A couple of weeks ago, I was unsuccessfully attempting to salvage a couple of old Tandy Pocket Computers. My son asked me why I was wasting my time doing that when there were free apps available for the android that would do so much more. That's how I got introduced to RFO BASIC!.
I'm on a mission to resurrect a software program I wrote during the late 80s and early 90s. It was an aid for calculating hole coordinates, inspecting hole patterns, calculating speeds and feeds, manually turning radii, inspecting tapers, etc... I could awe some of the old school machinists with my little pocket computer.
I still understand the Basic language, I used to do create this program but I need help bringing this thing into the 21st century. I want to change from a question and answer format for inputting variables into questions with multiple choice picture answers. I also want to create a page with a picture legend to list my variables, and a table to enter them into.
Has anyone created a similar type program that I can use to study the code and get up to speed on this? Any suggestions for tutorials, videos, step by step learning for beginners would be greatly appreciated. I'm currently studying Nick Antonaccio's tutorial.
Post subject: Re: Machinist from North Carolina on a Mission
Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:00 pm
Joined: Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:14 am Posts: 1112 Location: From Blighty
You found your way around pretty quick then! I think you are on the right track to go with Nick's page. I keep forgetting it exists...! I loved my little Casio pocket computers... I think Tandy ones were based on that, perhaps re-badged Sharp ones first. I remember the cassette interface, I think it ran at 300 baud and it would beep first a lot (when you listened audio wise) and take an age to load just a few Kb of a program... I think it was just 2K on-board. Whoopee doo!
I don't know what's best for your project. HTML might be a good interface and you could use the GW Library:-
I don't know what you mean about Java other than modifying the source code of BASIC!
I did some very basic AutoCAD CNC based stuff when it was in its infancy. Well, I think when my college got the stuff, the funds to do it -- but that was a very long time ago. In the mid-eighties. Alas, I'm lacking in those skills to help.
(Note how I emphasised the G code on my user name!).
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