Back due to a lack of popular demand, it's the RISCWorld letters page...
Welcome back to the RISCWorld letters page. The place in the magazine where, normally, you can find a bit of peace and quiet. But wait, what words from yonder keyboard break...
Thanks for this. I have included a copy of the BBC BASIC to C translator in the Letters directory in the software section of this issue. It's an interesting project, especially given the different natures of the two languages. BBC BASIC is an interpreted language where each line is read in turn and decoded each time it is used. C, of course, is a compiled language where the source code is turned into an executable that can then be run on the target machine. Interpreted languages have no executable as such, only the source that's tuned into chunks by the BASIC interpreter as it goes.
Given the huge difference in the way the languages work it says a great deal for the translator that it is able to produce anything even remotely useable, so I think that congratulations are in order.
Thanks for these. The two inlays (in one OvationPro file) are in the software directory on this CD. These two inlays, for Volume 7 issues 3 and 4 bring us almost up to date.
Now lets move on to our regular health and beauty section, with "Dr" Vince Hudd, consultant attached to the RISCWorld letters page...
I would like to deal with this letter in two parts, firstly by the power of thought......
....nd (shoudn't this be 'and' - DH) (no it shouldn't, now leave...leave...bad proprietor - ED) secondly using the power of words. Firstly since I have never met Mr Ictional I don't know if he is a time traveller or not. However since I have not knowingly ever met any time travellers I don't have a reference for comparison. Given an infinite universe it's quite probably time for lunch somewhere, and that somewhere is here so I'll be back in a minute, can I get you anything?. You'll have to think louder...never mind.
Right that's better. I wasn't aware that you are a world expert on time travel, by the same token I am a world expert on the lesser spotted arctic wildebeest (of course it's lesser spotted, it's too damn cold for wildebeest in the arctic - boom boom). I'm sorry about this there seems to be a fault with my keyboard. I definately wrote a carefully worded response citing a number of references but what came up on the screen was a load of old rubbish.
I have also never met this "Mr" Occam who you mention. Although I am familiar with a Mr Murphy and a Charles Sod, are they in any way related? Finally I feel that I should also say that my Ruse is always covered up at this time of year, due to the danger of a late frost, and I feel that it's every unlikely that you have seen it, or even worse seen though it.
Moving on I had another letter from Martin Carrudus.
Thanks for the update. I would suggest that anyone who is interested applies to you directly, however please remember to include a blank formatted disc and a couple of pounds worth of stamps to cover Martin's costs. The RISC OS community does tend to work together very well but it's worth remembering, when asking for help from someone, that they might be very busy so expect a delay. Regretfully there are some in the RISC OS community who are very rude, you only have to look at the newsgroups to see examples.
Anyway that's all from the letters page. So, if you would like to contact us don't forget to use the normal editorial e-mail address.