On Saturday, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (and, happy birthday, too, Will), I delivered to Twitter, via post-haste dispatch, the following four Commodore 64 BASIC programs, versions of the famous “Hello world” program:
400 ? chr$(147)"hello world":for a=1 to 500:next:? chr$(19)"brave":new:rem #c64
400 ? chr$(144)chr$(79)chr$(84)"hello world":rem #c64
400 ? "hello world"chr$(4^3+(2*b or not 2*b)):rem #c64
400 for a=0to255:? chr$(147)spc(a)"(QRQ) hello world":next:? chr$(147):rem #c64
Type ’em in to a for-real Commodore 64 or to this Web-based emulator here. No special characters are involved, so entering these programs should be easy; lowercase letters will appear capitalized and the few capital ones will appear as graphical symbols.
Let me know what you think … and if you see the relationship to four of Shakespeare’s plays.