On Basic I found the following to be of use :
Illustrating Basic, Alcock: C.U.P. (Paperback recommended).
Microsoft Basic, Ken Knecht : Dilitium. On general theory, but
exceedingly expensive – you have been warned.
Compiler Construction For Digital Computers, D. Gries, J. Wiley.
(8.00-10.00 in paperback) probably the bible, but also probably
slightly dated–? Not for beginners.
Writing Interactive Interpreters and Compilers, P. Brown: J. Wiley.
(8.00). A book which is fun to read, and makes you feel that you could
write your own compiler. Emphasis very much on Basic.
Understanding and Writing Compilers, R. Bornat: Macmillan. (6.00)
Paperback. Much heavier than Brown, but with more meat and also more
oriented to Pascal/Algol type languages. Not for the beginner.
Structured System Programming, Welsh & McKeag: Prentice Hall. (14.00)
Interesting in that it presents a Mini Pascal Compiler written in
Pascal, and shows the importance of structure in writing clear
System Programming, Donovan: McGraw Hill. (6.50). A useful book which
looks at the theory and implementation of Assemblers, Compilers,
Interpreters and Operating Systems. Although using IBM assembly
language, it is quite clear, and forms a good introduction to these
On the subject of programming with style – has anyone looked inside the
Nascom Basic ? It’s only a 8080 basic, with input output patches all
over it. It provokes the throught of how much faster/more compact it
would be if it were written in Z80 code from the ground up. Benchmarks
on the Xtal Basic and Nascom Basic might be interesting to compare.
For sale, Texas ‘Silent 700’ terminal, type 745. A completely
portable thermal printer/terminal with built-in telephone modem (US
standard, but alterable). 96 character ASCII character set. The whole
thing is the size of a portable typewriter. Roughly 2 years old
(inspection stamps dated Apr 78) and very little used. Thermal paper
costs about 1.50 a roll from Texas. Would cost over 1500.00 if bought
new, yours for 600.00 or near offer. Phone Dave, __-___ ____,
Two Olivetti TE318 teletypes. Upper/lower case, ASCII, nice
looking typeface, with paper punch/reader. 110 BAUD input. Fully
working, but no guarantee though. Offers around 200.00 each. Phone
James Roberts, __-___ ____.