Expediter II provides an easy means by which Applesoft BASIC programs written for the Apple II/III Computer may be translated into machine language. As a result, the compiled version of a program will normally execute from 2-20 times faster. All features of Applesoft are fully supported including the use of the Hi-Res graphics, shape tables, Lo-Res graphics, defined functions and DOS commands.
There is no additional BASIC syntax to learn, and most compilations can be performed with one simple command.
- BASIC programs up to 1000 lines long may be compiled.
- Debugging of compiled code is aided through use of such tools as TRACE capabilities and a complete symbol table listing.
- All DOS functions are supported in exactly the same way as in the uncompiled BASIC program — nothing new to learn.
- All standard Applesoft error measures are supported.
- Erroneous statements are flagged during program compilation.
- Compiles BASIC programs at approximately 30 lines per minute.
- Comprehensive statistics are generated at compile times such as total memory requirement, starting address of the compiled machine code for each line of the Applesoft program, etc.
- Programs will normally execute 2 to 20 times faster after compilation.
- All capabilities of Applesoft are fully supported.
- Applesoft programs may be compiled to reside at any location in the Apple's memory. This feature permits multiple Applesoft programs to overlay each other and the use of compiled Applesoft programs as subroutines.
- Variables may be designated as "local" to an Applesoft program or "global" to all Applesoft programs in memory, thereby facilitating inter-program communications.
- Extensive use is made of pre-existing routines within the Applesoft ROM. This minimizes the memory required by compiled machine code.
Expediter II runs on any Apple computer with Applesoft in ROM, 48K and a disk drive. It will be available on July 1, 1981 for the introductory price of $99.95
- Issue 1: June 1981
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