All the modes
SkoolKit 8.1 has been released. Whenever you’re ready, please head over to the download page, the Python Package Index, the Ubuntu PPA, or the Fedora copr repo to pick up a copy.
After the fanfare of 8.0, SkoolKit 8.1 is a relatively quiet release with some
modest enhancements across the board. First on that list of enhancements is the
skool2bin.py to parse a skool file in
@rfix mode (via
the aptly named
--rfix options). So now
skool2bin.py can parse
a skool file in any of the possible modes, which means you may no longer have
to reach for an assembler in order to build a bugfixed TAP file of your
favourite game. Well, that’s the plan, anyway.
Second on the arbitrarily ordered list of enhancements is
this time with its new
--data option, which makes it process
@defw directives. This enables manipulation of the memory snapshot
derived from a skool file beyond the ability of any assembler operating on the
skool2asm.py. Perhaps now the only reason to reach for an assembler
is to place it in a drawer, out of the way of the actually useful tools
cluttering your desktop.
Still on the subject of
@defw, these directives no
longer require an
address parameter. If that parameter is omitted, it
defaults either to the address of the next instruction, or to the address
immediately after the last byte of the previous
directive attached to the same instruction. After you’ve let that idea sink in,
I hope you’ll agree that it makes sense.
Last on the list of enhancements I will be giving air time to today is the
humble register name field (in the register section of a skool file entry
header) and its ability to contain whitespace and skool macros (which will be
expanded). In earlier versions this field was limited to a single, space-free
sequence of characters in which macro-like tokens were ignored. But now, by the
use of a special syntax, you can go crazy and place such strings as
B, C or
To see what other changes are lurking in this release, I suggest giving the changelog a quick scan. After that, why not grab a copy of 8.1 and see if that trusty assembler of yours really can be put to bed?