Dave Tribby's Apple II
Welcome to this little piece of the Web dedicated to one of my
hobbies: programming the Apple II. Have a look around and see if
anything interests you.
Although I'm making a number of archives freely available for
personal use, I'd appreciate it if you would not add them to other
collections available for download without first getting my
permission. You can find my e-mail at the bottom of this
I bought my first Apple ][+ back in 1981. A couple
of years later I upgraded to a //e, then in 1987 bought
the ultimate: a ``Woz Limited Edition'' Apple IIGS.
My current system has an 8 Mhz ZipGS accelerator, an OctoRAM
with 4Mb of memory, a SoundMeister, and a RamFAST SCSI card with
Floptical, Zip, and hard drives attached.
I have another Apple IIGS
running inside my HP9000 UNIX workstation, powered by Kent
Dickey's magnificent emulator KEGS.
How I've Used My Apples
I've used my various Apple IIs for a variety of projects over
the last 18 years. (I've written Apple II programs and articles
for Nibble, Softdisk
G-S, GS+, and Juiced.GS.) Follow these
links if you'd like to find out more, and maybe pick up some
- Apple Pascal
- When I went shopping for a personal computer in early 1981,
I wanted a system that provided a structured high level language
with access to assembly language. A 64K Apple ][+ with
Apple Pascal 1.1 (based on the UCSD Pascal system) provided just
what I needed. When I upgraded to a 128K Apple //e
there was a new version of Apple Pascal that took advantage of
the additional memory. I never got ``into'' Apple DOS or
ProDOS...they seemed so primitive compared to Apple Pascal. And
the Pascal language was much more usable compared to BASIC. Too
bad 99% of Apple II users didn't see it my way!
- Apple IIGS
- In mid-1987, I entered the mainstream of Apple II activity
when I purchased an Apple IIGS and
started using TML Pascal and the Apple Programmer's Workbench
(APW) to create programs under ProDOS 16. Later I graduated to
ORCA/M, ORCA/C, and GNO.
- MIDI Synth
- I tried to create interesting sounds on the GS using the sound and sequencer tools, but
those looked pretty crude after Apple released the MIDI Synth
tool set with System Software 6.0. Here are some programs I
wrote to augment Apple's tools, plus a boatload of songs
translated from MIDI to MIDI Synth.
- Since mid-1997, I've been on the team helping Devin Reade
get the new version (2.0.6) of the freeware GNO Multitasking
Environment ready. I've converted several utilities available
UNIX (including cat, uniq, head, tail, split, wc, cksum,
cut, tr, and sed), taken Brian Kernighan's
awk and made it work under GNO, and fixed problems in gsh
(the GNO shell).
New to the Apple II?
Since putting up this page, I've received a number of inquiries
from folks who are new to the Apple II. Here are some resources
to help you get started:
A2Central.com Apple II Links
- A2Central.com, created by Eric Shepherd and supported by
Syndicomm, it the place to be! They have an excellent
set of links on their site, in addition to lots of original
Apple II Related Site Links
- Another good Web page for beginners is this one, created
by Terry Allen.
- The friendly place for Apple II users to gather and talk.
Visit the "A2 Forum" and select from any of the topics that
interest you. You can look around as a "gutest", sign up for a
free account (you'll be able to leave messages on the boards and
the system will remember what you have read), or pay a modest
fee and have access to the download library.
- Usenet Newsgroups
- If you have access to Usenet Newsgroups, try out the apple2 groups:
- comp.sys.apple2 -- Discussion about Apple II micros
- comp.sys.apple2.comm -- Apple II data communications
- comp.sys.apple2.gno -- The GNO multitasking environment
- comp.sys.apple2.marketplace -- Buying, selling and trading equipment
- comp.sys.apple2.programmer -- Programming on the Apple II
- comp.sys.apple2.usergroups -- All about Apple II user groups
- comp.binaries.apple2 -- Binary-only postings
- comp.emulators.apple2 -- Emulators of Apple II systems
Support Those Who Support You!
There aren't very many sources of Apple II products left in the
marketplace these days, and Apple users should support those who
have stuck with us. Here are some of my favorites:
- Joe Kohn has been writing professionally about the Apple II
since the 1980s. He was writing the column ``Shareware
Solutions'' for InCider/A+ when it ceased publication in
1993. He forged ahead with his own newsletter, Shareware
Solutions II, which covers all aspects of Apple II activity.
He distributes a significant number of Apple II software
products. I met Joe at the 1993 Apple Expo West, and was
privileged to drop by SSII galactic headquarters a couple of
years later. The man knows his subject, and is ready to share
his knowledge with whoever is interested.
- After GS+ Magazine shut down in 1995, Max Jones
started this quarterly publication dedicated to covering the
Apple IIGS. A professional journalist,
his writing is crisp and informative. He's a good editor, too,
bringing in articles from a variety of experts. (OK...I wrote
one small article for him, but I liked Juiced.GS even
before he asked me!)
- The Byte Works
- Mike Westerfield has been writing programs for the Apple II
since the late 1970s. He's a top-notch programmer, and produces
the ORCA series of programming languages (among other products). Mike has
in recent years turned over distribution to syndicomm.com due to the costs associated with
maintaining the distribution.
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II page maintained by Terry Allen
This page was last modified January 1, 2001, by
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