BCS Career Day 2017 Programming Resources

Below are links to resources that cover the topics we discussed during career day.

History

  • The Versatile Commodore Emulator (VICE): For emulating the Commodore 64 on almost any modern computer.
  • Download Kickman! To play Kickman, you'll need to do the following:

    • Download the Kickman d64 file. This is a floppy disk image.
    • Download VICE, so you can emulate a Commodore 64 on your computer.
    • Run VICE on your computer and mount the Kickman d64 file as drive #8. (Usually, you can do this by going to File - Attach Disk Image - Unit #8. Then, select the .d64 file you downloaded.)
    • Now that the Kickman disk image is attached, you can load the game by typing LOAD "*",8,1 in the Commodore 64 screen and pressing the return/enter key. Lastly, you'll need to type RUN and press the return/enter key.
  • C-64 Scene Database: Lots of Commodore 64 demos (software that try to push the Commodore 64's hardware capabilities its limits). These are typically in a .d64 disk image format and can be mounted/loaded using VICE.

Tutorials

Development Platforms

  • JSFiddle: For trying out HTML, CSS, and Javascript.
  • Thonny: The Python IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for beginners. Downloads for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
  • The Raspberry Pi Zero Kit: You'll need an HDMI monitor and USB keyboard from home. Good for doing text-only Python development.
  • The Raspberry Pi 3 Kit: You'll need an HDMI monitor, USB keyboard and mouse from home, too, for this. The Raspberry Pi 3 is much more powerful than the Raspberry Pi Zero and can handle graphics and game development.