80s

Good Old Days | Programming the Commodore 64, Atari and other awesome machines from the 80’s

Having work with Microsoft BASIC most of the time, I have the clear idea how strings work in BASIC, but few moments after starting to work with Atari BASIC my world feel apart!

First, in Atari BASIC you have to declare string variables before using it, giving the maximum size that string will need and for that you have to use the syntax:

DIM A$(10)

When I first saw that syntax I thought “oh, it is declaring an array of 10 strings” but in fact, it declares a single string with a length of 10 characters. As far I can see, there is no array in Atari BASIC and to use something similar you have to manipulate a big string as if it is an array of strings using the index. There are several places on internet with great explanations about Atari strings, so here I just want to point

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