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Read ✓ 10 Print Chr2055rnd1; Goto 10 By Nick Montfort – ➸ [Read] ➳ 10 Print Chr2055rnd1; Goto 10 By Nick Montfort ➽ – A single line of code offers a way to understand the cultural context of computingThis book takes a single line of code—the extremely concise BASIC program for the Commodore 64 inscribed in the titl Chr2055rnd1; Goto MOBI ñ A single line of code offers a way to understand the cultural context of computingThis book takes a single line of code—the extremely concise BASIC program for the Commodore inscribed in the title—and uses it as a lens through which to consider the phenomenon of creative computing 10 Print MOBI :ç and the way computer programs exist in culture The authors of this collaboratively written book treat code not as merely functional but as a text—in the case of PRINT a text that appeared in many different printed sources—that yields a story about its making its purpose its assumptions Print Chr2055rnd1; Goto PDF Ç and They consider randomness and regularity in computing and art the maze in culture the popular BASIC programming language and the highly influential Commodore computer.

10 thoughts on “10 Print Chr2055rnd1; Goto 10

  1. David David says:

    I've been reading a lot of Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost books recently since no one can so unapologetically justify 8 bit geek nostalgia like academia can And as a grown man who has a nearly unhealthy love for all things Commodore 64 I had to pick up this book It's a 300 page exercise in deconstruction focusing on a single line of C64 BASIC code the very title of the book that prints a random maze In these details lie ghostly associations with distant and forgotten forms of cultural activity and production whose voices echo from somewhere inside the labyrinth of material history accumulated in a particular technology The book ties the elements of the deconstruction back to well trodden anecdotes and back stories often better covered in other booksA Commodore 64 was very different than an Apple or an Atari 800 Interacting with a computer back in the 80s meant knowing how to exploit many platform specific details Given these machine specifics a given programmatic approach would usually go with the grain of one system but against the grain of another I did enjoy seeing the difficulty of porting the one line BASIC program to the Atari 2600 which by the end provided a revealing comparison that does simply lining up the technical specs of the two systems for side by side comparison Another reader has shown how bloated the Java euivalent of the program could become

  2. Harlan Harlan says:

    Although team writing an entire book about a BASIC one liner is a clever conceit the results I found to be highly patchy There was some interesting history of the C64 and of BASIC and some amusing bits of 30 year old assembly code but there was also way too much pointless riffing and capital t Theory about What It All Means Mildly recommended to those of us of a certain age who grew up programming on the first generation of home computers

  3. Steve Losh Steve Losh says:

    The first 50% or so of this book is super pretentious annoying artsy yammering The second half is a wonderful little technical romp especially if you have some experience programming asm Definitely worth speeding through the smelly half to dive into the fun

  4. Thom Thom says:

    Deconstruction of a single line maze generation program in Commodore 64 Basic A ten author collaboration that is mostly interesting The discussions of what makes a maze and diversions into textiles were not terribly interesting; the deconstruction of an assembly version of the same code was fascinating Comprehensive list of sources plenty of relevant illustrations Would mostly be a good book to base an intro to programming course on

  5. Julie Julie says:

    Geeta reviewed it here

  6. Matt Musselman Matt Musselman says:

    Another one of the geekiest books I've ever readYou'd never believe a loosely organized set of essays inspired by a one line BASIC program for the Commodore 64 computer in the early 80s would work as a book but it kind of doesLots of good little tidbits about the history of programming the Commodore 64 architecture itself BASIC programming the golden age of the personal computer and even the mathematical topology and semiotic significance of mazes No one topic goes on for too long and then it's off to the next oneThe whole thing brought back lots of great nostalgic memories of typing in cryptic BASIC programs from computer magazines and seeing what happened Everyone back in the day knew that the weird short cryptic programs like 10 PRINT CHR2055RND1; GOTO 10 were always the most rewarding ones

  7. Neil Neil says:

    I really wanted to like this book I'm a child of the Commodore era and first learned to program on a Pet followed by a Vic 20 and then a Commodore 64I found it largely a work of tedious navel gazing and mental masturbation A mish mash of ideas with no coherent overarching structure or narrative There are a lot of asides on computer and programming history and while I generally enjoying reading that sort of thing somehow they manage to leach some of the pleasure of out of those anecdotes tooMaybe some of this is the result of 10 authors without a strong editor or maybe this is the book they all wanted to produce A much enjoyable and shorter book could have been produced from this material but in this form I would discourage any of my friends from reading this and that's really why I'm writing this review life it too short

  8. RavenWorks RavenWorks says:

    A great overview of the way computers intersect with art with play with creativity with research and lots of other angles on it; a good example of the amount there is to look at about any subject when placing it in its context demonstrated by picking an extremely small computer program as this stone soup's jumping off point Occasionally a little dry in places but full of so many interesting interconnections with the wider world you'll probably find yourself with plenty of open tabs to follow further along on some of the threads it uncovers

  9. Ben Ben says:

    In case you ever wondered this book demonstrates that a single line BASIC program for a Commodore 64 can provoke an entire book about computers culture and context Ten academics review a single line of code and take it on tangents about programming art culture history psychology math design and Reading this book took me on a delightful walk down memory lane that has provoked further reading

  10. George Pollard George Pollard says:


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