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DJ Omnimaga

July 31, 2015, 09:30:37 PM
There is also codewalr.us that is fairly active for TI calcs (mainly Axe, xLIBC and BASIC, though). Or there is TI-BASIC Developer and TI-Planet  but the latter is French
 

Luxen

July 05, 2015, 03:46:43 PM
Yeah, there isnt enough traffic on this site for me to check in with any kind of frequency. May I suggest going to Cemetech.net or Omnimaga.org for your questions?

animaaron

April 26, 2015, 06:20:05 PM
It bothers me that all the last stuff that happened on this site was September of last year...
 

Luxen

September 20, 2014, 04:13:16 PM
unfortunately, that is used to help prevent bots from attacking. a good example of this would be Spud's forum.
right now, this verification is all we have.

princetonlion.tibd

September 20, 2014, 04:59:52 AM
I find the verification slightly annoying. Every time I post.
 

contra-sh

September 15, 2014, 07:10:40 PM
Luxen: yes, that's exactly the goal, it's the glue between each part of the site  ;D
 

Luxen

September 08, 2014, 06:59:13 PM
Contra: good idea with the top navigation bar! it certainly helps you realize there is more to the site.
 

Luxen

August 24, 2014, 03:36:46 PM
also, this is the wrong place to make a topic about "cemetech minecraft".
 

Luxen

August 24, 2014, 03:36:14 PM
Princeton, I am glad you have decided to continue posting, but try making new stuff. besides, I havent heard of any new projects from you for a while. care to share?

princetonlion.tibd

June 16, 2014, 04:03:48 PM
I'm still waiting for KnightOS to finish :P I'm the user
 

contra-sh

June 16, 2014, 11:21:41 AM
I promoted your topic about knightOS to forum announcements ;)
 

contra-sh

June 16, 2014, 11:21:05 AM
Anyway, I don't want to simplify too much the homepage, because we need to be seo compliant and explain to boot what this website is talking about.
 

contra-sh

June 16, 2014, 11:20:20 AM
ok thank you Luxen. I think we could do something like this with html+css, why use flash? Anyway, what we could do is maybe to publish recent post and recent q&a on homepage...
 

Luxen

June 11, 2014, 10:36:22 PM
this is that flash page I was talking about. I cant beleive you proxy is shooting down a url shortener. here is the full link:   https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/107246250/TI-84-plus%20landing%20page%20concept.zip
 

contra-sh

June 11, 2014, 01:30:57 PM
Can' t access to the mini url, proxy settings are blocking waa.ai :(
Which project are you talking about?
 

Luxen

June 11, 2014, 01:26:27 PM
Hey Hey, Contra! I got it finished, finally! http://waa.ai/4a2M

princetonlion.tibd

June 09, 2014, 08:59:21 PM
I have a (google) site called Agranovisky with simple programming tutorials I wrote with T.Wang.

princetonlion.tibd

June 09, 2014, 08:58:26 PM
My friends don't have time for forums :(
 

Luxen

June 03, 2014, 02:24:00 PM
and, hey! make topics, interact! forums dont live if the members dont post anything.
 

Luxen

June 03, 2014, 02:20:06 PM
hey everyone. sorry about the continued delay with the flash project, but exams, classes, yada yada yada.
@Contra: I am well. I'm curious what has led to the surge of new members, and I press everyone to introduce themselves in the introductory topic.
 

contra-sh

June 03, 2014, 10:14:21 AM
yo :D

pimathbrainiac

June 02, 2014, 10:05:17 PM
yo
 

contra-sh

June 02, 2014, 09:08:40 PM
Cool thank you ;)

princetonlion.tibd

June 02, 2014, 09:05:21 PM
I'll ask my friends to join :)
 

contra-sh

June 02, 2014, 08:52:55 PM
Hey luxen! How are you? ;)
 

Luxen

June 02, 2014, 08:46:23 PM
Hey there, Princeton. I'm glad you found this site, its just me and Contra right now. don't be afraid to necropost at the moment while the site is still empty.
you can introduce yourself in this topic here: http://waa.ai/4zCb
 

contra-sh

June 02, 2014, 05:35:25 PM
And welcome :P
 

contra-sh

June 02, 2014, 05:32:56 PM
Don't be afraid, go ahead ;)

princetonlion.tibd

May 31, 2014, 07:08:47 PM
I'm afraid of necroposting

princetonlion.tibd

May 31, 2014, 07:01:36 PM
Should I introduce myself? I'm new

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Hey,

Today I will explain how to create and compile your first ti 84 plus CSE assembly program !
This is of course a noshell program, we will run it with Asm(
I have made this hello world without having the calculator (and never tested it before today!), it was a blinded development ^^, but as it's only a small hello world, I can't complain about it :p. But now I tested and it works, now it's your turn !

Ok let's start with the code :

.nolist
;-------------------------------
#define equ .equ
#define EQU .equ
#define end .end
#define END .end
userMemC   .equ $A60B

rBR_CALL    equ 28h
BRT_JUMP0   equ 50h
#define bcall(xxxx) rst 28h \ .dw xxxx
#define b_call(xxxx) rst 28h \ .dw xxxx
#define bjump(xxxx) call 50h \ .dw xxxx
.list

    .org userMemC-2
    .db $EF,$69

    bcall(454Fh)      ;homeup
    ld hl,ti84pluscom
    bcall(4501h)      ;puts
    bcall(4525h)      ;newline
    ret

ti84pluscom:
    .db "ti-84-plus.com",0

So basically we have some defines (taken from kerm Martian pcse ball source (but the biggest part is really standard).

Then we could notice that the .org is not a known place userMemC-2
We define a label to contain our string to print. Then we use puts and newline then return.

Write this code into a file called a.z80, re-indent it correctly with tabs.You can compile it with :

spasm a.z80 A.8xp

spasm complains about the .org but don't worry about it.

Send the A.8xp file to your calc then open catalog :



Select Asm( then press enter and you will have :



Then go to program menu :



Select our program (A) and press enter :



Then run it and you will have :



 

Great ! This is your first ti 84 plus C se assembly program.

Good job !

 

 
Hi Stefan Bauwens, you're a great member of the TI community (z80 and 68k), thank you to answer our questions !

Let's talk a bit about your projects, maybe we could start with the one which is the most famous Myst 89 ?
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When I was browsing our iPod's application store I stumbled across the game Myst. I had never played it, but I remembered my father mentioning it, so I told him and he advised me to download it. So I did it and at first it didn't look like it was the kind of game I would like, but then I got really into it and it became much more enjoyable.

When I finally finished the game I felt like I wanted to make this on my calculator, but I quickly rid myself from the idea since it seemed quite impossible to me. Several weeks later I realized that Riven : The sequel to Myst had come out too. So, after downloading, playing and finally finishing it, I again felt the urge to make a port of it on my calculator.

I can't remember exactly what happened but I decided to give it a try anyway. So, by means of the application, I took screenshots of all the possible images that were able to be seen on the Myst Island. I then had to edit all of them on the computer and put a special grayscale effect on them, so they would turn out 'decent' when I converted them to and 89 image, which was a tough job too since I had to set the contrast manually by each picture(about 350 pictures).

I created an 'engine' too, which made use of a giant matrix but later I discovered that using separate lists were (sadly) a better way, because else it would slow down the game too much. I must say that probably one of the main reasons I really did an effort to finish it was because the people on Omnimaga, a calculator forum I had then recently joined, really supported me.

I was very glad when it reached the news on Omnimaga and TI-Planet, but when it appeared on Ticalc.org I was extremely happy. Then, when Ticalc.org had their POTY voting, the 68k section (sadly) only had two games. Myst had to compete against the assembly game Trapped(Made by Apcalc). Then at New Year's Eve I was given the best present: Myst had won the 68K POTY 2011!


What about Squareball (http://ti-84-plus.com/blog/squareball-installation-and-test-of-a-great-ti-84-plus-game/)?
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First of all I want to say again I'm honored you made such a tutorial page for my game :) .

Squareball was another iPod game I had begun to like. When the zContest 2011 started, I decided to join too. This was my first contest I entered and happened to be in the same year I made Myst.

I first planned on making another game I had played online: Grey(http://armorgames.com/play/12117/grey). But the game actually goes about a dark grayscale world which turns eventually into a colorful one. And making this on a calculator which I wasn't really used to at that time(TI-83+), in a language I was not too good at too(AXE), it didn't seem such a good idea so I eventually changed the plan and decided to try and make Squareball which seemed to me as a simpler game, which would be more plausible to complete before the deadline.

However, time was NOT on my side, and therefore I had to drop several game-features such as levels. Instead it had one random level, where you only had to hurry to the end and try to get an as high possible score.

I can still remember that in the last evening I was having a very nasty bug, and because of it I would not have been able to enter the contest if they had not delayed the deadline for a couple of hours. Eventually, with the right shell, it turned out quite okay.I didn't win the contest, but I was glad the pressure was gone. :)


Why did you started programming calcs?
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I think it was in 2006, when I was just 11. My brother Jim, who wasn't that much older too, tried to teach me all he had learned about calculators, which he had learned himself from the manual but more importantly from our oldest brother Manuel. He's kind off a generation older than us, but with his exciting stories of what he made on the calculator in his time, we were excited to start our own 'adventure'. And he had left us two Ti-92 Plus's(one was a TI-92 II with a Plus module) and a TI-92(non plus) to work with. I remember downloading some chatbots written in TI-Basic and changing the source to see how the program would respond. Till this day, I'm still fascinated by chatbots and I guess it is because of then. I was however a slow programmer and I limited myself to non-graphical programs. Only later on I started playing around with graphical things. Later my brother Jim sold me(for very cheap) a second hand TI-89 he had bought because he had stopped programming on calculators (Later though, when I joined Omnimaga(early 2011) he realized the community wasn't dead and he started again.). I too was no longer into calculator programming, but I bought the calculator from him anyway, because I thought I might be able to use it just to play some games on. Much later, in 2009 I released my first graphical program : Magic Quest-Quest For the key(http://www.ticalc.org/archives/files/fileinfo/421/42187.html), which was an attempt to make an RPG. Then in 2010 I made some one-pixel-per-second games(if not slower), which weren't so great too. It was only around 2011 I started more 'seriously' programming. Not that I hadn't programmed serious before, but I guess I was starting to mature more and was capable of doing better.


Do you intend to keep playing with ti calcs in the future?
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Yes, I do. I may not be as much busy with it as I once am and was, but I'm quite sure I'll never abandon my calculators completely. However, I'm currently busy with studying and things. I'm kind of taking a break from calculators.


What do you want to be able to do, what are your goals (game devel?) in the mid term and long term period?
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Well, this is a tricky question. I haven't worked precisely out what I would later want to do. I know I like calculator programming, math(although I'm not too good at it), and drawing. A combination of those things would probably be an ideal job.

I am considering when I'm done with my current studies, to perhaps go to college and learn programming for 'real'. Whatever job I later may get, I want to be able to get enough money to be able to buy a house and take care of a possible family. :)


Here's your ticalc profile : http://www.ticalc.org/archives/files/authors/106/10619.html[/url], you're basically more a 68k programmer. Which languages do you know exactly? What do you like in calcs programming?
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I have first been introduced to the TI-92(+)'s, unlike most calculator programmers who probably get first in touch with the Z80 calculators because of school. For most people it seems hard to switch from a Z80 calculator to a 68K one, but for someone like me, switching to the Z80 calculator somehow feels a bit like a downgrade. :P

I have learned and used, but am not master in the following languages: TI-Basic(Z80 and 68K), Newprog(68K) and Axe(Z80).

I like calculator programming because of the limitations such as the black&white pixel-y screen. I have never been a great 'spritist', but when it gets down to small sprites such as 4*4 till 16*16, I enjoy it. It also seemed to me that calculator programming was a lot simpler than computer programming. And it's portable!


I see you're a big Minecraft fan (according your twitter pictures : https://twitter.com/stefanbauwens) and I heard about a minecraft clone which you are working on (http://stefan.bwns.be/?q=content/project-mine). Please tell us more about it :)
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Haha, yes. I've made some things in Minecraft. But I've quit playing it for quite a while now. And sadly when I look at the current updates it has, it doesn't look as attractive to me anymore. It's better to build things in real life anyway. :D

Yes, I was working on a newprog 2D minecraft clone for the TI-89. I had great plans, but here again my little knowledge of the language(Newprog) and giant amount of work made me decide to not finish it. However, the engine I created is not useless, and could be changed into a scrolling RPG-engine. But I've not been busy with it but if I decide to make such a game, I'll definitely use the code, so it isn't a complete waste.


Please tell me more about you, what you do IRL, your hobbies...
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I'm an 18 year old, home-schooled Christian. I live in a large family and there's always work to do, so I'm never bored either. If I'm not studying or working, I may be busy on the computer visiting forums and websites about calculators, drawing or Tamagotchi's :P, while listening to music. Which kinda sums up my interests as well. I've always have liked drawing, but more the comic-stuff. Recently I created a web-comic(http://stefan.bwns.be/comic/) and when I have the time and inspiration I may post there something. I've always enjoyed virtual pets such as tamagotchi's. I hang around on a forum about them too, but I mostly talk there in serious controversial threads that have nothing to do with them. :P


Do you do some other stuff (computer side)?
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Hmm. I've played around with html and javascript, but never seriously. Sometimes I copy and paste some code I find online and get one un-optimized mess(that still works though). If my brother knew he would probably kill me(He's an expert in computer languages). :P

For the rest I mainly use my computer to browse the internet, listen to music and use photoshop.


Which kind of advice could you give to newbies?
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Learn TI-Basic first! It's the basis to many other cool languages such as Newprog and Axe. Download some simple TI-Basic games, try changing the code and see the results.
The 68K series have a very nice program editor that can be handy for starters.


And finally, tell us what you want, you can say everything you want !
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I want to graduate, get a good job, get a house, marry and start a family, God willing. :)
In the meantime you can find me here: http://stefan.bwns.be/ :P
Thanks for wanting an interview with me.
It was a pleasure stefan ! Thank you for this long answer, very nice !

08 Nov 2013 - HP Prime is coming soon

 
Yes that's true this is not Texas Instrument product ...

But this seems to be a success, at least for third party developpers :)
Since its announcement, I'm waiting for this calc for multiple reasons :
  • This is an arm core
  • HP has always been cool with developpers (against recent closed nspire platforms)
  • HP calcs are good products even if HP forget to release calcs often (HP 48 etc... is really old !)
  • The HP prime has a nice look and feel !
Why arm is cool ?
Because it's a nice processor for programmers (lot of registers, special command to update flag or not, barrel shifter...)
And because we will have a speed device (133MHz! compared to 6MHz for the ti83, 15MHz for ti84plus...)

And much more memory :)

Basically this is a close model to casio prizm or ti nspire (but a little bit better).

In fact, I wait because I hope this calc will be really open for native programming.
I never switched to nspire assembly because I think even if we can't play with it, each nspire model has different hack and it's really hard for users to instal third party games.

HP Prime could offer a good toy for every developpers like me.


The hp prime

Wait and see, time will tell !

Price is fixed around 150$ that's not cheap but that's correct...

But as soon as this calc will be released, I purchase on, believe me !

 

 
Who said C programming on ti 84 plus is totally crazy ?! :D

Some time ago, I made some testing on different C compiler for z80 platform (see this thread) and I finally conclude that "it could work" but without really conclude that it's a good idea. The compiler used was z88dk (sdcc should work too).

C programming on ti-84 is a good or a bad idea?

Yes that's the question, a lot of people says that C programming is not good because, due to the 8bits registers, compiler can't do a great job... Ok but we can avoid this problem if we do limited (subset) C (knowing which instruction is bad, floating stuff should be bad I guess).

The second issue is that z80 calc have a very very limited amount of memory and including functions could simply fill the entire memory for only a printf("Hello world\n"); That's a real problem :)
There's a perfect sample of what I say on this thread (load custom font?) .

So the real issue was to provide ASSEMBLY functions to handle basic tasks (the z88dk lib is very poor). And deeph started to do it and proves us that C programming could be possible.
(Deeph is also a yaronet z80 forum admin while we talk about him !)

The lib currently provides sprites routines, get key, dialog, rectangle, contrast, speed (proc) and more...
Great Job !

Download C TI-Lib
Source : http://www.yaronet.com/posts.php?sl=&s=158510

 
Hi William White, you're a great member of the TI community, thank you to answer our questions !


Let's talk a bit about your last project, qasm which seems very cool !

Why did you started this project?

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I started the project several years ago when coding for several calcs at the same time.
Rarely do I release a program without porting to most models, so it was the sensible thing to try.

Do you intend to keep working on it in the futur?

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Eventually I plan to have to program implement Kerm Martian's binpax8x and compile the code straight to program.
Also, I'll probably add in color bitmap conversions for the Nspire and TI-73 support. Also Flash App support for 73/83+/84+

What is possible/impossible currently with this tool? Could you program a complete game like mario or tetris using qasm?
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QASM can be integrated into ANY TI z80 asm project. What's not currently possible, other than listed above, is .wav (sound) and .mpg (video) conversion. Both are being considered, but unlikely due to usefulness.
I'll probably include sound and video just for the ticalc.org green sticker.

What about the size of the resulting file (generated), you tell the word "optimized", so I guess it's more or less not much bigger than a program directly designed in assembly?
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The assembly code could be smaller in many cases, but the aim was compatibility. Most possible improvements are on a case-by-case basis and not generally needed.
According to http://tistory.wikidot.com/parasoft-productions, I see you're a long time member of the ti community, tell us a bit more about these really old stories (the team, how you began, really bored production, parasoft...).[/b]
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I've been programming since 2000/2001. Learned from MANY better coders: Levi Lansing, Morgan Davies, THE MAGNUS HAGANDER, Haroon I, Patrick Davidson, Sam Heald. Basically chatted with most of the "Golden Age" giants. With few friends in high school we started Really Bored Productions in 2001. As with most groups we struggled with staying active. So a revamp occured as RBP 2, which suffered the same issues. And a final attempt, RBPx around 2005/2006 but fizzled out as real life became busier. With Parasoft I was an honorary member. The community has really shrunk since the peak in 2001-2003. I blame smart phones. :-D
Please tell me more about you, what you do IRL, your hobbies...

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Right now the focus is getting an Associates from ITT Tech while working 2 jobs and investing.
Hobbies: Numismatics, Coding, Texas Hold 'em, eTrade.

Why you started coding stuff for calc? Do you do some other stuff (computer side)?
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Needed a creative outlet when cancer took my father. On the computer side of it I code C/C++ and web scripting (javascript/html/css/php/perl). I really need to learn ajax and am very interested in making short cgi films or helping on an mmorpg. So much to do, so little time.

Which kind of advice could you give to newbies?


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Keep coding and try not to be dissuaded by those of us who can and DO make the greyscale/color games that everyone seems to be playing. Study, practice, and talk to us old salty guys. We don't bite LOL Setting goals and experimenting go A LONG way. @nspire coders: why aren't we seeing original art coming out? Or maybe a Paintshop program? hint hint Sonic/Zelda/MK3 would be nice another HINT HINT

And finally, tell us what you want, this is your part !!!

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Finally. more about myself: to all coders new and old: facebook.com/seklorean I'm on occasionally, so feel free to add :-D

To conclude :
william white ticalc profile : http://www.ticalc.org/archives/files/authors/56/5683.html
qasm : http://www.ticalc.org/archives/files/fileinfo/455/45507.html
dbz rpg : http://www.ticalc.org/archives/files/fileinfo/257/25707.html
rage : http://www.ticalc.org/archives/files/fileinfo/365/36581.html

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