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Raspberry Pi Projects For Dummies by Brock Craft, Jonathan Evans, Mike Cook

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Chapter 17

RISC OS Coding

In This Chapter

arrow Finding out about BBC BASIC

arrow Seeing how to code in a desktop environment

arrow Experiencing the awesome speed of BASIC

arrow Generating 17th-century insults from the desktop

arrow Shattering desktop illusions

arrow Putting images through a kaleidoscopic ringer

A RISC OS system is easy to program. Not only can you run simple programs, but you can also build complete desktop applications without too much bother. Unlike Linux, the operating system is almost static — it doesn’t change very often and code you write tends to have a remarkable shelf life. This is because most of the changes in the operating system maintain an unprecedented degree of backward compatibility.

In this chapter, we show you how to go about writing code, starting off with the simple “Hello world!” program. Then we move on to a desktop insulting machine and graphics modes, and end up mangling bits ...

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