[Coco] DECB or ECB Compiler

Frank Pittel fwp at deepthought.com
Sun Oct 3 18:32:11 EDT 2010

On Sun, Oct 03, 2010 at 04:13:14PM -0500, Roger Taylor wrote:
> At 06:48 PM 9/18/2010, you wrote:
> >Anybody knows if exists any DECB or ECB compiler?? If yes, is it
> >compatible with Expanded Color BASIC of CoCo3? Here, in Brazil,
> >the CoCo clones (Prológica CP400, LZ Color64, Varix VC-50,
> >Codimex CD6809 and Dynacom MX1600) -- all of them compatible with
> >CoCo1&2 and released between 1984 and 1985 -- were soon "replaced"
> >by MSX-compatible machines (Gradiente Expert and Sharp Hot-Bit)
> >and CoCo clones disappeared in 1986... Unfortunately, here never
> >appear an CoCo3 clone too... Because there were few releases for
> >CoCo in Brazil (software, books, accessories etc.) and, if existed
> >any ECB/DECB compiler, certainly it wasn't released (and reviewed
> >too) here. Thanks, Carlos -- Coco mailing list
> >Coco at maltedmedia.com
> >http://five.pairlist.net/mailman/listinfo/coco
> I recall a thread on this subject years ago and if I'm not mistaken
> I offered the suggestion to write a BASIC compiler that spit out
> assembly source instead of doing all the work.  If I didn't have
> such a full plate right now I'd tackle this project and be done with
> it.  A BASIC compiler for the CoCo would be a perfect companion to
> any of my IDEs.  Think of all the fast and new games and apps that
> non-assembly programmers could produce if we had a good compiler.

I've never tried it but I've noticed that there is a port of gcc that
will generate 6809 code. Cross compile to assembly and then assemble with
one of the many cross assemblers out there. I may have to give it a try over
next few weeks as time permits! :-)

the other Frank

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