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PARCHIS

In this blog post you will find a more detailed explanation of what this project is: https://danielpecos.com/2021/11/06/parchis-the-reason-why-i-am-a-developer/

WTF is this??

This was my very first program, when I teached my self how to write BASIC code using Microsoft QuickBasic back in 1998.

Parchis

This is how the dev environment looked like:

Parchis code

And yes, it was really painful to code in that editor, but back then it was just fine for an eager to learn teenager.

How do I run this ancient piece of ...?

In order to run / compile this programm, I've got the best results with dosbox emulator and installing the original QuickBasic that I used to code in.

Have a look to the cheatsheet I've gathered here.

Is it possible to even edit it?

Yes, but probably keeping the same file encoding that MS-DOS used is important:

  • MS-DOS file encoding was named "DOS latin1"
  • In Visual Studio Code, selecting "DOS (CP 437)" almost perfectly loaded all the code.

Encoding in VS Code

For real? Does it even work?

Have a look ;)

Parchis demo

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