strangest omission is the macro that we all know and love. It
is not possible to define a macro in memory and invoke it by
name elsewhere let alone use dummy arguments. If Mr. Watson is
reading this in Bedford I would buy an update or extension
ORG/PHASE allows code to be generated to run at PHASE but
loaded at ORG for PROM blowing. Nice touch.
PRS – all RST’s are handled by name but PRS drops the 00 byte
an for you – the manual doesn’t say that though.
One last idiosyncracy – mnemonics which load a two byte
value into a one byte register cause a fatal error. Most
assemblers I know pull the first byte and warn only.
In summary I would say a very good assembler but it was a
wrench loosing the line numbers and display of errors while
editing, as in ZEAP.
With any system the most disappointing things are not its
limitations but the errors in the manual. The errors here are
few and fairly minor but frustrating till you know them.
Thanks to BAL Kenilworth (nice guys) for being patient and
helpful while I got used to NAS-ASS.
Standing Wave or Handshake.
Now something else that came to light via the same stable is
that the Nascom 3 CPU board has a link from test point 3 to pin
* on the serial port connector and you won’t find that in the
manual. This is for the printer busy signals to run in the same
cable as the serial data. To make it work for RS2S2 (instead of
TTL handshaking) you need a 1K2 resistor and two 1N4148 diodes
at the D connector.
TX only shown
D Connector pin no.s
Serial port connector pin no.s
Of course, its no use unless the software handles it but
this routine does – provided you have executed 0C80H and U is
invoked to turn it on. (N turns it off).