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Kevin Edwards
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Acornsoft P-System

Postby Kevin Edwards » Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:20 pm

Did anyone ever use the Acornsoft P-System package?

I remember it was some kind of alternative OS for Beeb + 6502 2nd processor. It came with some extra languages and applications IIRC.

Has anyone actually used it and what did they think?

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Re: Acornsoft P-System

Postby danielj » Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:22 pm

No, but do you have a copy of it?! It sounds very similar to what you could do with the 32016 in Panos (you can tie Fortran and Pascal together with those compilers).

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Re: Acornsoft P-System

Postby crj » Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:27 pm

I never used it, but I do seem to remember reading a review of it back in the day.

By my understanding it wasn't an OS, it was a language runtime and bytecode interpreter, which was targeted by a Pascal compiler (hence the 'P' in the name). They aspired to have other languages target it too, but I don't think it ever happened.

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Re: Acornsoft P-System

Postby paulb » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:29 pm

Obligatory Chris's Acorns link: P-System Acornsoft/TDI (APP14)

It is the UCSD p-System running on the Beeb with 6502 second processor providing Pascal and Fortran compilers and the p-code runtime, of course.

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Re: Acornsoft P-System

Postby Kevin Edwards » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:51 pm

Thanks everyone.

I never got around to looking at it myself, but had a 'backup' of the discs - not sure if I have them any more.

I can only guess this was fairly slow if it was running everything through a bytecde interpreter. Looks like it came along at the tail end of the beeb's life and disappeared very quickly.

Acorn managed to release a lot of alternative programming languages which is a credit to them. I remember learning Pascal ( compiler ) on my Nascom computer before I had a BBC Micro. A really good structured high-level language!

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Re: Acornsoft P-System

Postby danielj » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:57 pm

p-code running through the p-code system with ISO-Pascal is actually pretty fast?

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Re: Acornsoft P-System

Postby Kevin Edwards » Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:02 pm

Would be good to see it running on a Master Turbo. Must see if i have the discs. Not seen them anywhere else, so i do hope I can find them.

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Re: Acornsoft P-System

Postby danielj » Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:04 pm

Definitely. I'll pop a query out on the bbc mailing list, some of the old-crowd on there might have a copy...

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Re: Acornsoft P-System

Postby Kevin Edwards » Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:13 pm

Awesome. Thank you!

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Re: Acornsoft P-System

Postby tricky » Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:03 pm

I'm fairly sure one of the c compilers targeted it, but it may just have been their p-code. From my memories of a review, C's p-code was a little faster than basic, but the standalone c was a little faster still.
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