Last Updated: 21.04.2012
Useful articles about the QL, programming information and so on.
Annotating Diagrams (25K) - How to use the
extended CURSOR command to fine position text onto diagrams and graphics
Ascii Codes(4K) - Ascii codes list and BASIC program to display character set.
Bits and Bytes (5K) - article by David Denham explaining some of the terminology we encounter with computers.
Browser 2 (11K) - The missing last installment of the File Browser article from the last QL World. This is the 'lost' final part of the QL World browser program, with file copy, move and delete operations implemented as promised in the last issue of the magazine, printed in April 1994. The accompanying article was either never written or only in draft - it's not on the disc, though there was a paragraph about toolkit dependencies which are noted anyway in the listing.
Clocking In (33K) - Articles from QL Today about the QL clock, time calculation, calendars etc - now updated to include parts 4 and 5 of the series.
Config (47K) - An article from QL Today about use of the Config and MenuConfig programs.
DEV (5K) - using the DEV device
Directory Name Functions (8K) - Article with BASIC routines for directory name handling.
Display Code article(36K) - Machine code extensions with source code showing how to access system display and information functions.
DIY Bugs (49K) - DIY Bugs article, from Simon Goodwin. Looks at common programming mistakes.
Do (8K) - Article about using the DO command to process files of BASIC commands as though they were batch files.
File Information Functions (8K) - Use of the file information function extensions of Toolkit 2
Filters (8K) - An article about writing filter programs for use with EX commands. Example C and BASIC listings included. (Norman Dunbar)
Fun With Fonts (79K) - An article from QL Today about using fonts, and some special programs for spinning text, enlarged text, angled text, proportional spacing, shadow effects, outline effects and so on.
Home thing (7K) - Article about the Home Directory thing by Wolfgang Lenerz
Joysticks (1K) - how to use an Atari style joystick with the QL.
Machine Type (8KB) - Article from QL Today Vol 6 Issue 5 about identifying machine/processor type from SBASIC
Machine Type Q-emuLator. (2K) Notes describing a trap call which identifies and returns information about Q-emuLator
MetaDrivers (14K) - Article by Nasta about Meta Drivers for the QL.
Month (7KB) - An article from QL Today about month numbers in date functions and calculations
Music (26K) - Article from QL Today and short basic program to help with the setting of musical note values for musical use of the BEEP command.
Network (33K) - Article from QL Today about the QL network.
Printer.dat Information (4K) - Quill printer driver file format explained
Print_Using (5K) - An article about using the PRINT_USING command in Toolkit 2
Q40 cd (11K) An article by Tim Swenson about using CD-ROMs on a Q40 using the Atapi-IDE software and QCDEZE.
Q40 Sound(4K) - Article by Tim Swenson about sound on the Q40 and using the SOX program to convert audio files for use with the Q40's QSPlayer program.
QCat (67K) - An article by Simon Goodwin about how he wrote a program to use the Radio Shack CueCat barcode scannernon QDOS-compatible systems. The CueCat scanner daisy-chains onto an IBM standard PS/2 keyboard port.
QL Midi (9K) - 3 articles about the QL Midi Player system, by Al Boehm
QL Service List (53K) - Robert Klein's QL Service List and QL FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) files. These files are a veryuseful reference source, but slightly dated by now.
QMenu Guide (36K) - an introduction to using the Menu Extension from BASIC
Ramdisks (3K) - what they are and how to use them.
Ramdisks (5K) - another article about ramdisks.
Random Access Files (13K) - Article about using random access files on the QL.
Recursion (40K) - article from QL Today about Recursion ont he QL.
Returning to the QL An article elsewhere on this website for those returning to the QL after a period of absence.
Scale (8K) - An article from QL Today about SCALE graphics.
Sdump (4K) - screen dump software built into some systems
Serial Ports (6KB) - Article from QL Today Vol 6 Issue 6 about serial port connections
Serial Links An article elsewhere on this website about serial links between computers.
Sorting Routines(40KB) - Article about the various sorting routines available (now includes follow-up articles).
Sound (6K) - Article about the Sampled Sound System (Per Witte)
Stack (10K) - article by Norman Dunbar in QReview about use of the Maths Stack.
System Variables(11K) - article about QL system variables
Things article (10KB) by Jochen Merz, from QL Today Volume 4. Consists of parts 1 to 3 as plain text files. Alternatively, you can click here to download them as DOC files for Quill. (13KB)
Toolkits (9KB) - Article about various software toolkits available for the QL
TRA (12K) Article by Simon Goodwin about the largely undocumented TRA command in some versions of the QL ROM.
Turbo (14K) An article by David Denham from QL Today, an introduction to the Turbo basic compiler, which is now freely downloadable from the Scottish QL User Group website.
TurboPTR articles (22K) A set of 4 articles by George Gwilt about his TurboPTR programming utility. The articles were first published in QL Today magazine. Once you have downloaded the artics.zip file, there's a short readme file in it which gives a short list of the articles and subects covered.
What Hardware (3KB) - a package by J.D.Mitchell to emulate machine type interrogation functions using standard SuperBASIC or SBASIC, running on all platforms.
When Error (6K) - An article from QL Today about the little documented WHEN ERROR and other error trapping structures available to S*Basic programmers.
WHEN Variable (4K) - an article from QL Today about the little used WHEN CONDITION structure implemented in some QL ROMs.
Wildcards (4K) - A routine showing how to use wilcard characters in your own BASIC programs.
XMON and XTV (2K) - Article about a couple of useful procedures called XMON and XTV, plus the extended forms of the WTV and WMON commands.
Zip and Unzip (2K) - a short article from QL Today Volume 4 Issue 1 about using the Zip and Unzip programs (note: not the same article as the three below).
Zip and Unzip pt. 1 (166KB) - Part 1 of 2 of an article about using Zip and Unzip and front ends for them.
Zip and Unzip pt. 2 (89KB) - Part 2 of the Zip and Unzip articles.
Zip and Unzip (23K) - Part 3 of the Zip and Unzip articles (Note: This is a zipped Word .doc file)
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