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A tutorial with assignments (c) June 1992 by Richard Hanson. All rights reserved. Not for resale.
The basics: Model 100, 102, 200 computer users may easily capture ASCII files online with the following keystroke sequence:
Your <f2> function key is your "down" or "download" key. The term "download" means receive to a file. The term "up" or "upload"--your <f3> function key--means send a pre-made file.
When you press <f2> you are asked for a file in which to capture--as stuff comes to your screen it also goes into the opened file.
The first time you press <f2> and provide a filename, you open a file under that name. The second time you press <f2> you close the open file; permanently. If, while online, you open the same file you just closed, it's contents are immediately deleted in preparation for new stuff.
When providing a filename, do not include the .DO extension. The .DO extension is automatically added for you. If you do provide the extension .DO the process aborts--you've opened nothing.
When capturing ASCII information on the Club 100 BBS you do not want to have your screen stopped every so many lines with the prompt -more-. You want a clean, uninterrupted scroll.
Assignment: Capture the current newsletter.
The (N)ewsletter feature of the Club 100 BBS offers a regular look into what's happening at Club 100. Due to our large membership, coupled with the fact that we do not collect dues, we can not afford to mail the newsletter to our members. This may change in the future but for now all newsletters are online; only.
Assignment: Capture a program from the (7)Upload menu.
The (7)Upload area of the Club 100 BBS is where members may share their programming with other members, without permission or cost. Features include (D)ownload, (U)pload, and (R)emove files. The download feature allows you access to the current files online, upload allows you to include one of your files, and remove allows you to delete any files you previously uploaded--the later is used to clean out older versions of your programs as you upgrade them. Note: The (7)Upload area is managed by Robert Benson, co-sysop and online librarian. Robert decides which, if any, programs end up in the Club 100 online library.
When you choose D for (D)ownload, the entire listing of what's available starts scrolling by. I suggest that, before starting this next assignment, you capture this listing, log off, and print it out.
With your list in hand, let's select a program to capture. You see one called PIZZA.BA... looks interesting.
Converting the .DO file to a runable .BA file: The file (program) you just captured, PIZZA.BA in .DO (ASCII) format, must be cleaned up, loaded into BASIC, then saved, creating a runable .BA file.
Assignment: Capture a program and its documentation file from the (7)Upload menu.
You've noted several files on the list with the same name but different extensions. One of the sets is named SIDKIK.BA and SIDKIK.DOC. You've heard several of our members speak highly about this program in the (1)Confernece and think it might be useful. Let's go get the SIDKIK series.
You now have a file containing both the program code and the documentation. There are several procedure you may employ to separate the two. For our example, since the program is small, you may use <f7> <f6> to select and cut the code from the .DO file, <f8> to return to the menu, enter BASIC, tap your PASTE key to paste the code, now in the paste buffer, into BASIC, then SAVE"SIDKIK.BA". Tap <f8> to return to the menu.
This is just one suggestion, or method of splitting up a file containing both program code and documentation. I am sure if you play around for awhile you will discover others.