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Gary Neal's Programmer's Page

Hello, everyone. I set this page up in hopes to share one of my hobbies with the people of the world. Originally I set this page up to teach programming. That I will not stray from. But it seemed that I went off too far on a limb to where I could not return. Anyway, I decided to revamp this page and include as much as I could. All my links, and yours too, places to find the tools you need. Etc, etc, ...

Well, let me give you a little background on myself as it relates to programming. If you want to find out other things about myself check out my personal web page at


My first computer was a Radio Shack's Tandy Color Computer 2. Not much, I was asking for a Commodore 128. But later on, I really came to appreciate that computer. The language I learned was BASIC which came with the computer. Extended Color Basic was what it was referred to on that machine. I went to learn everything I could on the machine.

As time marches on...

As my programming talents got better and better, I learned real quick of the limitations to it's Basic language. It was slow, took more memory than it should at times, and was very limited. Finally, after much begging, my parents broke down and bought me a little cartridge called EDTASM+. With it, I was able to right smaller, extremely fast programs using the assembly language. But the drawback was that writing large programs became a nightmare if I tried to code everything in assembly. I succeeded at coding only two full programs in straight assembly. The rest was in Basic with a little dash of assembly to help it out. The most popular approach.

C was never heard of by me at the time. Even though the C compiler was available for the computer. It required a disk drive, which I did not have. Every program I wrote ad to be saved to cassette tape. (uugh)

Finally got in the Big Leagues...

Well, later on, around 1994, I got a new PC compatible computer and I thought I was in heaven. 8 megs of RAM, compared to 64K of my old machine. Disk drives! A much better Basic interpreter! Then finally, a C compiler! I never coded in assembly since I put my CoCo out to pasture. Of course assembly is just a mnemonic form of machine language which is different from machine to machine.

Well, anyway, I guess I rambled on long enough. The purpose of the page is to be dedicated to programming, not me. So let's get on with it...

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