The authors started planning this book by thinking about what Amstrad micros are used for. Not surprisingly, they came up with a wide range of uses. These they divided into eight separate sections, and thus they present topics covering such diverse interests as programs for the science lab. programs for business and, of course, games programs. This book is therefore accessible to readers from many walks of life. Perhaps a small businessman wishes to create a mailing list, or a housewife wishes to computerise her monthly accounts.
Younger readers will find the book helpful in several respects; there is the fun element with games programs and then programs for turning the Amstrad micro into a music machine. There is also a serious side to the book: many of the programs are school-related. If the reader wishes to work out the value of a resistor from its colour code, there is a program in this book which can do it. There are also a myriad of other physics and maths programs and some language tutorials. Perhaps most important for the younger reader is the fact that this book can get him into the habit of using programs to help himself. None of the programs listed are perfect or definitive; they can all be modified to do what the reader wishes. He will not lose anything by trying - the programs are stored ready for him if something should go wrong.
For those boring hours when homework and business is finished, there is an interesting recreation section, dealing with such exotic subjects as Biorhythms and the Magic Matrix. Whatever use the reader puts his Amstrad to, there is a program in this book which could prove invaluable.
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L'Amstrad CPC est une machine 8 bits à base d'un Z80 à 4MHz. Le premier de la gamme fut le CPC 464 en 1984, équipé d'un lecteur de cassettes intégré il se plaçait en concurrent du Commodore C64 beaucoup plus compliqué à utiliser et plus cher. Ce fut un réel succès et sorti cette même années le CPC 664 équipé d'un lecteur de disquettes trois pouces intégré. Sa vie fut de courte durée puisqu'en 1985 il fut remplacé par le CPC 6128 qui était plus compact, plus soigné et surtout qui avait 128Ko de RAM au lieu de 64Ko.