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Of course the Amstrad PCW being a CP/M beast can run any number of versions of Basic, but this book is aimed at the complete novice who wants to learn the indigenous kind, Mallard.

The book begins by explaining how best to set your computer up. Next we get a short general history of computer languages and of Basic in particular, followed by an explanation of compilers and interpreters. All good beginners stuff - seen it a thousand times.

Once you get past the Principles of Programming and instructions on how to fire Mallard up, you get a chance to actually type stuff at the keyboard. To begin with, Sinclair makes extensive use of the PRINT command in his example programs. I dare say this is a good idea since producing characters, either on the printer or on screen is reasonable evidence that something is actually going on inside that white box.

Mallard Basic has a number of unique features which make it different to other Basics. 'Jetsam' being one of the most important. If you can learn Jetsam you will gain a great deal. The explanation of random access filing and Jetsam was a bit simplistic, but I emerged a little more knowledgeable than when I started.

There must be other books on Mallard, but none spring to mind so I have little hesitation in recommending this book for those who want to learn Mallard and explore the power of Jetsam. There are a number of good example programs which help the reader understand the concepts, so long as you have the strength of character to study them. A useful text text which is certainly great value for money, but I think Glentop deserve a bit of a reprimand for letting so many typos through - the book isn't that cheap.


★ PUBLISHER: Glentop
★ YEAR: 19XX
★ AUTHOR: Ian Sinclair
★ PRICE: £6.95

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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.