I was trying to work out a system of gambling by running a simulation on a computer, rather than spending money in a bookies, but doing it manually was tedious. It was just the sort of thing that a computer could do easily, if only I could find the right program.
But I couldn't, so I wanted to write my own.
But modern computers do everything for you. You can't just dash off an ad hoc program like in days of yore.
Actually I suppose you can, but as ever, I had to be a bit perverse and go about things in an arse over tit manner.
Hence I downloaded first a ZX Spectrum emulator. This was extremely unwieldy. It had to emulate the spectrum's method of assigning commands to individual keys. - Press L to get the command, "LIST" for example.
So I tried a BBC emulator instead. This was much better. It assumed that when you typed "x=1:y=5" that you meant "LET x=1: LET y=5" instead of having to type in the command. It allowed me to just type in what I wanted, rather than constantly have to refer to a table of commands and their PC keyboard equivalents.
It's not perfect. Once a line of code is in place, I can only edit it by typing "EDIT line number" for example, but it's simple enough.
Funny what you remember. It must be 25 years since I used a BBC micro, yet I know what I'm doing (mainly)
Not got the program I want yet, but it's coming.
As you can see, I'm trying different methods, like calling procedures and jumping to different line numbers. Very much a work in progress...
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