DAS GROßE GFA BASIC BUCH by Richard Karsmakers
Someone I met at the meeting of the CCV in Veldhoven must have
been dissatisfied with this book, for he sold it to me for a much
lower price than might be considered usual. Thanks to him, I was
able to write this article.
"Das Große GfA Basic Buch" is published by Data Becker
(Merowingerstr. 30, 4000 Düsseldorf, West Germany), and comes as
a 472 page hardcover book. A disk belonging to the book can also
be ordered (at DM 29,-); the book costs DM 49,- (ISBN 3-89011-
222-6). It is written by Uwe Litzkendorf. The program on the disk
(with a listing spread in the book), Graphic Construction Set, is
also known by the name Grafpro. In Holland, this book should be
ordered through your local bookstore; information can be obtained
by writing to Bruna & Zn.
If you have a GfA Basic manual, the first 30 pages offer you
nothing that you didn't know already; I suppose the writer
included them to be as complete as possible (or to support the
people whose manuals have been eaten by the dog?!). After that,
the writer starts listing the Grafpro program; each time he
thereby encounters a new command, he explains this command as
thorough as possible. This part of the book is called "GfA-ABC"
and desribes all the commands of the powerful GfA Interpreter
(unfortunately the writer could not include the new commands of
GfA Basic Version 2.0 in it). He makes things clear by the hand
of explanations, Grafpro pieces and additional sample programs.
Also, he adds things that might be handy to know if you use GfA
Basic, but that have nothing to do with GfA Basic itself, like a
table of ESC functions (please refer to this issue's "GfA BAsic
Tips & Tricks" if you want to know more about those) and much
more. In the back of the book, a few appendices are included that
explain the Special operating system commands (I find this the
most interesting part of the book), list the Grafpro procedures
and give you a manual to Grafpro. Also, a systematical 'index' is
included (unlike most German Data Becker books).
While reading this gaint bunch of information, I only stumbled
into one error: On page 187, the writer explains the modi of the
"open" command. Behind the "O" modus, 'Herauslesen' should be
replaced by 'Hineinschreiben', and behind the "I" modus,
'Hineinschreiben' should be replaced by 'Herauslesen', if my
knowledge of German is good enough.
My conclusion regarding this book: "Das Große GfA Basic Buch" can
be seen as an extended manual; it offers more information than
does the manual and Grafpro as well as the additional sample
programs make lots of things much easier to understand. The price
is very well, too; not too expensive. However, if people happen
to have the GfA Manual (which should be the case all the time) I
feel this book only offers you about 30-40 pages of new
information, in which case the price is less well.
I hope to review the GfA Basic book from Heim Verlag in a short
while, and I will then compare both books with each other...
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