Two books by Ray Favre
The late Ray Favre wrote two books about programming: Starting Basic and Dr Wimp’s Surgery.
Ray was a prolific writer of articles for Archive magazine over the years. When he died in 2010 he specified that Archive continue to keep his books and software available. His website – still online – has the details.
Archive compilation booklets
The following Archive booklets bring together in a convenient form the combined wisdom on a range of different subjects as published in Archive magazine over the years. For printed copies, see the Prices page.
Links to the websites referred to in each of the booklets are provided on the URLs page for easy clicking.
|1||Messenger Pro in action||10 articles plus various hints and tips on using RComp’s email client, Messenger Pro.|
|3||Networking RiscOS and other platforms||11 articles covering various aspects of linking RiscOS-based computers to computers using other operating systems: Mac OS, Linux and Windows.|
|4||Wimp programming in C||The series of 18 articles – at the time entitled C the Wimp – written by Paul Johnson, about using the C language to program the RiscOS user interface (windows, icons, mouse, pointer). The booklet’s printed title says “Volume 1” but that is an error: all 18 articles in fact appear in this single booklet.
This booklet has associated files available for download (145K).
|5||Internet searching||A compilation of articles (which were written for a number of publications besides Archive), mainly about the tricks of the trade for homing in more accurately on what you want using Google.|
|6||StrongEd applications (Vol.1)||Articles ranging from “Starting StrongEd” to advanced search-and-replace, covering a wide range of uses of this ultra-powerful text editor.|
|7||StrongEd applications (Vol.2)|
|9||Ovation Pro||15 articles plus seven years’ worth of hints and tips about using the Ovation Pro publishing application.|
|10||The Engineer and friends||21 articles by The Engineer (a.k.a. Ray Maidstone) about hardware matters, plus a range of hardware hints and tips.|
|Book 2||“VirtualRPC in use” (Vol.1)||These two Archive booklets – about the Virtual Acorn emulator that lets you run RiscOS on a Windows or Apple machine – are superseded by a combined 2018 edition. (Its description says “similar” but with “sundry improvements”). It and several Supplements (revised 2019) are available for free download from Virtual Acorn, thanks to the TOMS crew who first wrote the Archive articles.|
|Book 8||“VirtualRPC in use” (Vol.2)|
Possible future booklets
The following additional booklets are under consideration:
- Assembly-language programming
- C from the top
- Spreadsheets from the beginning
- DrawWorks and DrawGen
- RiscOS 4 and all that
- RiscOS Select
- Iyonix and RiscOS 5
- Text import and export
- Technical wordprocessing (i.e. Techwriter)
- Printers and printing
- Psions and things
- CSS — Cascading Style Sheets [for developing a website]
Please contact the editor if you would be interested in any of these, or to suggest a topic for a further compilation booklet.