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United-TI Holds BASIC Programming Contest
Posted by Michael on 22 August 2005, 05:57 GMT

United-TI is following up its successful ASM programming contest with a BASIC one. The category for entries is "strategy type game" with a prize of a new 256 MB USB 2.0 flash drive. On September 1, details of the official rules will be posted. Currently they are accepting registrations for the contest.

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Re: United-TI Holds BASIC Programming Contest
Nikky Southerland  Account Info
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I guess their form on the UTI site to send you an email until it was a news article worked after all. Perhaps more people will enter this contest when compared to ASM. I expect so, since more people know BASIC>

Reply to this comment    22 August 2005, 06:10 GMT


Re: Re: United-TI Holds BASIC Programming Contest
Michael Vincent  Account Info
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No no. It made me quite annoyed and I sent one reply back for each e-mail I received through it.

Reply to this comment    22 August 2005, 06:21 GMT

Re: Re: Re: United-TI Holds BASIC Programming Contest
Derrick F.  Account Info

That's what Sir Robin said :-/ Good thing I didn't send one.

Reply to this comment    22 August 2005, 14:25 GMT


Re: Re: Re: United-TI Holds BASIC Programming Contest
Sir_Robin  Account Info
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I'm sorry for that assault on your mailbox. I didn't encourage it and neither does United-TI. I hope no one does this in the future, and will try to make sure of that.

Reply to this comment    22 August 2005, 15:09 GMT

Re: United-TI Holds BASIC Programming Contest
DWedit  Account Info
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[insert destructive comment critical of ti-basic here]

Reply to this comment    22 August 2005, 07:51 GMT

Re: Re: United-TI Holds BASIC Programming Contest
CajunLuke  Account Info
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[insert agreement with clause "but its a mighty big hole to crawl out of after you fall in"]

Reply to this comment    22 August 2005, 11:21 GMT


Re: Re: Re: United-TI Holds BASIC Programming Contest
Peter Fernandes  Account Info
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That it is. Actually, I think it's fun figuring out how to do things in BASIC with such large constrictions on speed, space, etc. Programming in BASIC can help you think outside of the box, if you take it far enough.

Reply to this comment    22 August 2005, 12:58 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: United-TI Holds BASIC Programming Contest
Elektron9 Account Info
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Definitely. Just look at all those TI-BASIC optimization lists everywhere...

Reply to this comment    22 August 2005, 14:32 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: United-TI Holds BASIC Programming Contest
Scooblescott  Account Info

i think a lot of people don't realize the true potential of basic. if you think about it, basic has some commands that asm doesn't, such as if, and, or, etc. i guess you can have if statements in asm using

ld a,((var))
cp (number)
call z,label

but still no 'or', or 'and' statements. basic can also perform math operations. (asm can, but it's a pain)
I think there should be a contest for basic programs using asm (programs or libraries) I ussually do some programming in asm, then run the subprogram in the main basic program, since i know basic flunetly and know just a little asm.
basic really does have good potential. there are ways to produce fast basic, such as only using while or repeat statements instead of if's. Basic is majorly under rated. i think if people realized that, basic games (and misc. programs) will be better. Also, on 89's and higher, basic runs faster than on the 83/83+series calcs (which are the most poular)
I really think that basic is a great language, with its simplicity AND its flexibilty. So go program in basic, and make it fast...if you know what i mean

Reply to this comment    22 March 2006, 02:00 GMT


Re: Re: United-TI Holds BASIC Programming Contest
Kevin Ouellet  Account Info
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Kevin decides to feed the troll with a steak that was lurking on the table for the past 5 days

Reply to this comment    23 August 2005, 15:07 GMT


Re: Re: Re: United-TI Holds BASIC Programming Contest
DWedit  Account Info
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Thank god for preservatives.

Reply to this comment    24 August 2005, 06:30 GMT

What calculator?
Zarel  Account Info
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What calculator is this contest for? I can't find information on it anywhere...

Reply to this comment    22 August 2005, 19:20 GMT


Re: What calculator?
Axcho  Account Info

The contest is for the 83 through 84+ calculators. It should be able to run on an 83, probably.

Reply to this comment    22 August 2005, 20:28 GMT


Re: Re: What calculator?
Sir_Robin  Account Info
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That is incorrect. The contest is for any calculator 82 through 86. The programs will all be tested on a real calculator (no VTI!) of that model (I am not sure if this is true for the Silver Editions since the only difference in functionality is more memory).

Reply to this comment    22 August 2005, 21:43 GMT

Re: Re: Re: What calculator?
JrJinfinity  Account Info
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Yes it will be, I own the real hardware, so might as well put it to good use during the judgement of all submitted programs. Also this contest is only limited to any TI Model listed on the signup page form.

Reply to this comment    23 August 2005, 01:26 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: What calculator?
Travis Evans  Account Info

Too bad the 89/92+ are left out, since their BASIC is quite powerful--I bet people could come out with pretty cool programs with those platforms.

Reply to this comment    23 August 2005, 07:01 GMT

Re: Re: Re: What calculator?
Axcho  Account Info

Will 84+ programs be tested on 83s then?

Reply to this comment    23 August 2005, 23:12 GMT


Re: Re: Re: What calculator?
Zarel  Account Info
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Well, if it's not for 89, I might as well start porting Tank Attack to ASM.

Reply to this comment    24 August 2005, 00:01 GMT

Re: United-TI Holds BASIC Programming Contest
artraid  Account Info
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Based on the sign-up form, it seems like this contest is US-only. Us Canucks are left on the outside :'(

Reply to this comment    23 August 2005, 02:12 GMT

Re: Re: United-TI Holds BASIC Programming Contest
sigma  Account Info

I shouldn't think so. After all, I live in B.C. and had no problems entering the assembly contest (and winning). Just mentally replace "state" with "province" and "zip" with "postal code" and you'll do okay.

Reply to this comment    23 August 2005, 02:25 GMT

Re: Re: Re: United-TI Holds BASIC Programming Contest
Lewk Of Serthic  Account Info
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>>I live in B.C.

Wow, your old. :)

Reply to this comment    23 August 2005, 14:33 GMT

Re: Re: Re: United-TI Holds BASIC Programming Contest
Lewk Of Serthic  Account Info
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>>I live in B.C.

Wow, you're old. :)

Reply to this comment    23 August 2005, 14:33 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: United-TI Holds BASIC Programming Contest
Lewk Of Serthic  Account Info
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Crap. I thought I hit 'Stop' fast enough..

Reply to this comment    23 August 2005, 17:15 GMT


Re: Re: Re: United-TI Holds BASIC Programming Contest
Erkki-Juhani Lämsä  Account Info

I don't think canada is the problem, if someone from europe or any other continent other than north america wins that contest, would they send the price there? Or is that america-only contest cause there isn't option country? If it is they should mention it.

Reply to this comment    26 August 2005, 22:36 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: United-TI Holds BASIC Programming Contest
JrJinfinity  Account Info
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The prize will be sent most likely via Fedex to the winner regardless what country they live in.

Reply to this comment    28 August 2005, 05:39 GMT


Re: Re: United-TI Holds BASIC Programming Contest
Derrick F.  Account Info

No, it's not.

Reply to this comment    23 August 2005, 12:36 GMT

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