Michael's Shell and ProBlock Block Copier for ProDOS by Michael J. Pender Jr.
"Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do. " - Voltaire
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"A guilty conscience is the mother of invention." - Carolyn Wells
Michael J. Pender Jr. was quite keen on Hyper C when he wrote the software on this page.
From what I know, he was a student then and the Apple II was still in relatively wide use. I also noted
that Mike participated in the
comp.sys.apple2.programmer Newsgroup as late as 2003 when the Apple II was not in such wide use. I think
he had also moved to Arlington, VA from Suffield, CT by then.
He was still keen on Hyper C. He seems to have vanished from the Apple II Newsgroup scene since about 2005.
One of the products
he created for ProDOS was a command shell which extends the BASIC interpreter. Another was a low-level disk editor.
Mike's command shell was not really unix inspired unlike the Aztec C Shell and some other shells for DOS 3.3 and
ProDOS, and one reason it remains noteworthy is it levered the interpreter that was shipped with ProDOS.
"I thought the coolest thing about the shell program was that it enabled
multi-tasking on the Apple II computers. Some of the programs in the set could
create a typeahead buffer for the keyboard (versus the Apple's buffer that trapped
one and only one key) or simulate a clock. Multitasking on a 1 MHz machine with
interrupts was quite a trick back in the day." - Michael Pender March, 2010
See the Downloads section of this website for more information.
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