LIFE for the 1K
Old versions 2 and 3 of my LIFE programs for my 1K ACE.
These are back from the 80's (1985).
To me the ACE was a very expensive computer, as was the
Spectrum. So I choose the Jupiter ACE... but extra 16K
was too expensive to be bought (same price as the ACE).
Never regret it!
Both versions are full-Screen... done because they could
not be done... and that was VERY annoying. So I did it ;)
The trick was not using arrays, but reading and writing
directly from VRAM. The compromise was a lower speed VRAM
access as VRAM is available only 20% of the time.
Backdoor access mode was NOT used, but as undesirable.
Version 2 is FORTH only!
Version 3 uses hand compiled ASM for processing and update.
While these versions were rescued from old tapes, here in
TAP and ACE32 format, there's a chance that I decide to
rewrite the previous Version 3 where only the bottleneck
was in ASM. (that one is yet to be found, if ever. So...)
Dutra de Lacerda,
AKA : Du.Lac.
For more information on this program see this Ace forum thread