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2020-12-29 13:31

Registered: Feb 2005
Posts: 25
Your favourite cross assembler

Hi all,

I was wondering which cross assembler you use for C64 coding and started a
survey on this (see link below). I'm aware that there have been threads about
this in the past. Nevertheless I'd like to know what you use these days. New
assemblers appear (e.g. BadAss) and people might switch from one assembler to
the other.

So, here's the link to the survey:


I'm curious about your votes!

If your favourite assembler is not listed, please drop a note in this thread.
I will then add it to the list of options.

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2020-12-31 11:35
Martin Piper

Registered: Nov 2007
Posts: 417
Quote: Real elite people type binary code straight into screen ram by typing petscii characters, while blindfolded of course, and with tied hands.

Luxury. In my day I used to rub a wet finger over the joystick port to enter my machine code in screen RAM.
2020-12-31 13:48

Registered: Mar 2007
Posts: 61
C64Studio obviously, and it's not even on the list :(
2020-12-31 16:08

Registered: Apr 2002
Posts: 4666
Quote: Yeah, I am a bit crazy ;)

I also did modify Turbo Assembler 5.x to replace the write-to-disk routine with send-over-userport and then made a small (200 bytes?) receive program to run on another C64. Those who visited us at the Dexion X-Mas party in Odense in 1990 may have seen it in action ;)

you'd still want to save your source even if sending the compile over to another c64 ? :)
2020-12-31 16:13

Registered: Dec 2001
Posts: 9713
He refers to the "assemble to disk" feature, not "save source" :)
2020-12-31 18:37

Registered: Feb 2005
Posts: 25
Quote: C64Studio obviously, and it's not even on the list :(

added C64Studio
2020-12-31 22:34

Registered: Jan 2005
Posts: 598
Might as well add this: https://www.ajordison.co.uk/

Appears to be popular with certain people.
2021-01-01 19:01

Registered: Feb 2005
Posts: 25
Quote: Might as well add this: https://www.ajordison.co.uk/

Appears to be popular with certain people.


Happy New Year! :-)
2021-01-01 20:52

Registered: Sep 2011
Posts: 45
Quote: Luxury. In my day I used to rub a wet finger over the joystick port to enter my machine code in screen RAM.

Eh, as I didn't have a C64 myself, I had to call a friend on the phone and tell him which machine code to rub in.
2021-01-03 01:02

Registered: Jan 2008
Posts: 278
TMPx is missing from the list. I've been using it since I had a lot of code in Turbo Assembler and Style Turbo Macro Pro is awesome ;)
2021-01-03 02:27

Registered: Apr 2003
Posts: 286
Quote: anyone remember PAL? thats the first assembler I used, but switched to kcs power cartridge monitor coding until turbo ass came along.

@walt, that truly is unfuckingbelievable

well the people who were graftgold used REM statements on another machine (zx81 IRC) and converted that to asm.

so when Walt says that, it's not so strange to me. just people are inventive or max out what they have to work with.

game makers were using cross asm, esp. on zx spectrum due to the bad kebyboard, lack of disk drive. c64 games also.

remember most of tim follins music work was made on a tatung einstein , for example THEN ported to c64.
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