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Software News   Software News : New release of PortablE aimed at beginners
   posted by ChrisH on 7-Feb-2011 16:28:54 (4227 reads)
I am releasing a "full preview" of the next version of the PortablE programming language. It is now aimed at beginners & those new to the E language. Previous releases of PortablE were aimed at existing AmigaE users, and those familiar with AmigaOS programming. But after more than a year of development, PortablE is much easier for beginners to pick-up & play with:



* It now comes with some nice modules for graphics, sound, music & GUIs. These require no knowledge of AmigaOS programming, and were inspired by the simplicity of BASIC languages like AMOS.

* It comes with full documentation for all of these modules, along with smaller & bigger examples. The preview release does not include these examples, but instead I will be show-casing one of these examples every few days. Keep an eye on the new official PortablE forum for them!

* The documentation has been revamped to be more beginner friendly, and the PortablE installer has been made easier to use. If you still get stuck, then let me know, and I will see what I can do


* In addition to that, I have made available a large collection of my own useful modules (in the CSH folder), which you can use if you want. These are not properly documented yet, but I will look at documenting them where there is interest.

* There are also various other improvements, and a lot of bug fixes.

* As usual it supports Amiga OS4, OS3, AROS, MorphOS & Windows. However (1) the new graphics module does not yet work on Amiga OS3, (2) the new modules do not yet work on Windows, and (3) MorphOS support is still experimental.


You can download it from PortablE's home page. But remember to keep an eye on the official PortablE forum for further info.
    

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Re: New release of PortablE aimed at beginners
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@ChrisH

i'll give it a try on my SAM as soon as i get home this evening. looking forward to learning a new language!

thanks for all of your work on our platform(s) of choice.

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@ChrisH
I must commend your focus on user friendliness. First RunInUAe and then a version of PortableE aimed at beginners.
Might even tempt me...
Thanks for your efforts!


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@DAX
In the past there have been a surprising number of beginners interested in PortablE. Sadly I was still working on making PortablE good enough for experienced AmigaE/AmigaOS programmers, so I couldn't do too much for them. But with that mostly done, I was able to look at making it more beginner friendly.

I've always wanted PortablE to be really simple to use, because *I* like simple things (why make it more complicated than it needs to be?). This release of PortablE now brings it close to the kind of programming language I always wanted! And beginners also like simple things, so it's not much of a stretch to try to accommodate beginners too.


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great news Chris & many thanks

I unfortunately can't have a look right now because I'm in the middle of selling my beloved Samflex to a friend to make room for the (hopefully soon) upcoming X1000....looking forward to using PortableE with the X1000


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that's REALLY interesting!

GOOD WORK!


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Sounds great, look forward to using it.


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A grateful gesture from Chris. Thanks dude.


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How long will it be where it will make gui apps?


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Making it easy for others, is a noble quest
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It works really well.. :)


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@Trekiej Quote:
How long will it be where it will make gui apps?

PortablE already makes GUI apps! I just haven't shown any examples of that YET

Actually, technically that's a lie, since I released beta versions of PictureAlbum, and that had a GUI... I just didn't explain that it was (mostly) written using PortablE's new modules.

Last edited by ChrisH on 08-Feb-2011 at 07:12 PM.


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I have now posted two PortablE examples (more to come):
Example 1: ShootEmUp.e
Example 2: SimpleModPlayer.e

Last edited by ChrisH on 17-Feb-2011 at 10:32 AM.
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Looks just what I need to get back into coding again.
(done nothing since my CBM64 days)

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Is there a PDF or Amigaguide version of the Portable E documentation?


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Here are two more PortablE examples (more to come):
Example 3: ToySpaceshipSprite1.e
Example 4: ToySpaceshipSprite2.e

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PortablE comes with the documentation in AmigaGuide, HTML & plain text formats

No PDF version for the moment, because it was too much of a pain to maintain. Maybe in the future I can automatically generate a PDF.

P.S. The AmigaGuide version does not work properly in AROS, due to an old (and sadly unfixed) word-wrapping bug in AROS.

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I have now released an UPDATED preview of PortablE. You can download it from PortablE's homepage. The changes include:

1. Fixed MakeFractalBitmap() to handle red colours above $7F (such as RGB_RED & RGB_ORANGE).

2. Fixed the graphics module to not crash on MorphOS when you change screens.

3. Updated the installer for AmigaOS4, so that it (offers to) install the necessary GCC includes.

4. Minor changes to the documentation.


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I have now released an UPDATED preview of PortablE. You can download it from PortablE's homepage.

The only change is that PEGCC should no-longer fail with the error message "Failed to strip executable" on AmigaOS4 when you have the source code folder open in Filer, DOpus4, etc. (If a similar problem exists on other OSes, then this will fix it too.)


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I have uploaded a new PortablE preview. The most important change is that reading & writing of files now works using the 'std/cPath' module. (Thanks to "mrdarek" for reporting the problem!)


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