smiley smile wrote:what do you guys recommend as the best programming language to start off with on the Atari ST? I don't really know a great deal about computer programming, I've played about with Basic and C before, but nothing has really stuck to mind.
Why do you want to start programming on an Atari ST?
What do you want to program?
I choose my programming language depending on the job at hand.
) C you can do almost anything and, best of all, as long as you do only text IO it is pretty portable (most of my programs compile under Atari Pure
C, Linux GCC and Windows Cygwin GCC). But you have to know what you are doing. Graphics are quite hard and is not portable.
With Basic you can do a lot of things too but is isn't very portable. Most basic have a lot of graphics support build in. The main dialects on the ST are GFA basic, Omikron basic and STOS basic. Which one you choose is a matter of personal taste. I think you will find most support for GFA basic on the internet. I personnaly like Omikron basic best but that is pure
a matter of personal taste.
The last well supported language on the ST is assembler. Lots of fun when you are tweaking algoritms and 'programming on the bare metal'. In most cases you don't want to use assembler. A very good assembler is Turbo Assembler.
There are other languages but they don't have good support on the Atari ST.