Tandy Tech Track
Tandy Tech Track is our special Friday event which consists of a set of highly-technical and informative classes taught by some of the leading figures in the vintage Tandy Radio Shack TRS-80 community. The Tech Track classes will be held in the speakers room. There is an additional cost to attend Tandy Tech Track on Friday.
- Tandy Tech Track Attendee: $30 includes one entry fee for all 3 days
- Tandy Tech Track Exhibitor: $50 includes one exhibitor table and one entry fee for all 3 days
- All proceeds pay for the costs of running the event.
Title: Getting Started: Practical TRS-80 Z80 Assembly Language Programming in the Modern Era
Instructor: Tim Halloran
Abstract: This talk presents practical techniques to help get you started in assembly programming for a Z80-based TRS-80 in 2020, regardless if you have a real machine or use emulators. You'll learn how to take advantage of your Windows, Mac, or Linux machine to author code for your TRS-80 Model 1, 3, or 4 (or emulator) with an ease that would pleasantly surprise assembly programmers from the late 70s (who dealt with a tremendous amount of accidental complexity). This talk will start with the basics and assume no prior assembly language experience. We'll focus on taking simple assembly programs from coding, to running on an emulator, and then to a real TRS-80. The goal of this talk is get you started down the road toward creating the next great TRS-80 text adventure or "Big 5"-style arcade game. Tim Halloran has a Ph.D. in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, a M.S. in Computer Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Computer Science from the Air Force Academy. He has 30 year of experience in the software development industry. A relatively recent arrival to the TRS-80 retro computing community, Tim tries to focus on software, but keeping his machines going has created big hardware distractions.