September 1, 2015 · Comments Off on The Byte Works' Opus ][ & Juiced.GS Concentrate: GSoft BASIC now available

The Byte Works

SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 — LEOMINSTER, MA — Gamebits, publisher of premier Apple II magazine Juiced.GS, is proud to announce its partnership with software developer The Byte Works to sell Opus ][: The Software and Opus ][: The Source. These products, which collect the majority of The Byte Works' products and source code, are available immediately on CD and USB and as downloadable disk images, starting at $25 each or $40 for both.

"Juiced.GS's collaborations with The Byte Works began when we bundled GSoft BASIC with our December 1998 issue," said magazine editor and publisher Ken Gagne. "We're thrilled to work with Mike Westerfield to again make his programming tools accessible to the Apple II community."

"The ORCA languages, including the assembler and development environment Apple shipped as APW, have always been the most complete and widely used tools for Apple IIGS programming," said Mike Westerfield, president of The Byte Works. "They have been hard to get for a few years. I'm delighted that Gamebits is making these programs easily available again."

To commemorate this release, Gamebits has released Juiced.GS Concentrate: GSoft BASIC, a PDF that collects Eric Shepherd's six-part programming tutorial series that was originally published in Juiced.GS from 1998 to 2000. This PDF is free when purchased with any Opus product, or it can be purchased separately, bundled with a free trial edition of GSoft BASIC, for $10.

Additionally, a related product, Juiced.GS Concentrate: Back to BASICs, has been reduced in price by 33%, from $12 to $8. A further $2 discount is applied when purchased with Juiced.GS Concentrate: GSoft BASIC.

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March 26, 2010 · Comments Off on Structured Applesoft online supplements

Shortly after Ivan Drucker joined the Juiced.GS staff last fall, he shared with me a concept he was working on: Structured Applesoft. It's a new way of programming in a familiar language that makes the programs easier to develop, read, and edit, all without requiring new software, routines, or patches.

Structured Applesoft screenshot

TextWrangler will use Juiced.GS's plist to colorize Structured Applesoft code.

Ivan started detailing the concepts of Structured Applesoft in the December 2009 issue and finished in March 2010. The limits of the print edition prevented him from fully outlining all the guidelines he'd devised, though, so we decided to save some of the more esoteric ideas for online, where interested parties could explore them without pushing out more general-interest topics from the print edition.

In the process of crafting this final installment, Ivan found an obscure error with some of the code that was printed in this week's issue of Juiced.GS. Though a correction will appear in the June issue, we decided to include this update with the other content that was already intended for our Web site.

The correction and two supplements are now available online. You can view the material as a Web page or as a Juiced.GS-style PDF. Ivan has also provided a sample program that demonstrates these Structured Applesoft concepts. Links to these pages have been added to the issue links for Volume 15, Issue 1.

We hope you find these files to be useful elaborations on this approach to BASIC programming. Thanks to Ivan for pursuing this topic so thoroughly!