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Turbo Compiler and Toolkit Updated

George Gwilt writes:

New versions of some programs are now available on my website http://gwiltprogs.info

1. TURBO v5.0 allows access to its Channel Table. This table consists of a set of 32 40-byte entries one for each of the possible channels in a program compiled by TURBO. The first long word contains the ID of the QDOS channel, or -1 if none is open. The rest of the entry contains information about graphics for CON or SCR channels.

TURBO_CH(#N) returns the absolute address of the entry for channel N. N can be either an explicit number (between 0 and 31) or a variable containing the number.

2. TURBO_TK CODE v3.43 now contains the keyword TURBO_CH which, if used in S*BASIC, returns 1.

3. NET_PEEK v3.42, already issued, displays the contents of the channel table for CON/SCR channels in programs compiled by TURBO. The latest version, v3.43, now copes with programs compiled by TURBO v5.08.

News From George Gwilt

George Gwilt writes:

There are a few software updates on my website:


1. NET_PEEK  v 3.42 displays graphics information for CON/SCR channels in programs compiled by TURBO.

2. TURBO TK Code v 3.42 contains the keyword TURBO_DUMMY which can be used, in conjunction with TURBO_V, as a substitute for functions returning floating point.

(The fact that both new versions are 3.42 is purely coincidental!)

3. Turbo TK Code contains the additional keyword TURBO_DUMMY. This is because, although I am fairly certain that that keyword was supposed to be added as a replacement for functions returning floating point values when using TURBO_V, it appears that TURBO_DUMMYF was added instead. Now both are available in v 3.42.

4. One of NET_PEEK’s capabilities is displaying information about channels. In particular S*BASIC CON/SCR channels have a section showing graphical information. For example this section shows whether, in turtle graphics, you have PENUP or PENDOWN. This information is available in programs compiled by Turbo and is now displayed for the first time by NET_PEEK v 3.42.