Vol.7 n°10 october 1982

Vol.7 n°10 october 1982

p.3 In the Queue (table of contents)

Features

p.29 Beyond the Peaks of Visicalc

Three new software packages help fiscal planners study large, complex financial models.

[author : Jack Bishop]

p.40 Build the Microvox Text-to-Speech Synthesizer, Part 2 : Software

Rules for conversion of plain English text to phonemes govern the operation of this SC-01A-based device.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.68 What Makes Business Programming Hard?

A banker/programmer describes some of the pitfalls in writing software that handles "routine" business tasks.

[author : James L. Woodward]

p.80 Adapting microcomputers to Wall Street

Microcomputers are fast becoming crucial tools for financial managers.

[author : Robert Franz]

p.96 Putting Real-World Interfaces to Work, Part 1 : Monitoring Physical Quantities with the TRS-80

A summary of techniques for interfacing the TRS-80 to the "realworld" and a look at some of the transducers that provide practical applications.

[author : William Barden Jr.]

p.128 The State of Industrial Robotics

Industrial robots are playing an increasingly important role in manufacturing. Here we look at some of the fundamentals of robot design and describe some robot subsystems.

[author : J. Michael Callahan]

p.146 Marketplace

You can become an entrepreneur and pit your company against the competition in this two-player telecomputing game for the TRS-80 Model III. It's the sixth-place winner in the BYTE Game Contest.

[author : Robert Dickinson]

p.176 Ringquest

You'll need to muster up more than the usual amount of game strategy for this adventure that sometimes penalizes the aggressive player. It captured fifth place in the BYTE Game Contest.

[author : Gordon Mills]

p.210 The Case of the Purloined Object Code: Can It Be Solved? Part 2: Approaches to Software Protection

An expert on software-protection law tackles the tough issues.

[author : Richard H. Stern]

p.254 User's Column : A BASIC and Pascal Benchmark, Elegance, Apologies, and FORTH

A microcomputer user assesses the speed and convenience of some languages currently available.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.291 An introduction to the Human Applications Standard Computer Interface, Part 1: Theory and Principles

Six years' effort has already gone into developing an interface design that promises to make computing power more accessible to the general consumer.

[author : Chris Rutkowski]

p.315 The Personal Computer as an Interface to a Corporate Management Information System

Designing an intelligent terminal program for the Apple II Plus.

[author : N. R. McBurney II]

p.360 Software Arts' TK Solver

Software Arts' new "toolkit" equation solver is like an electronic calculator for algebra.

[author : Gregg Williams]

p.380 Naming Your Software

Registered trademarks provide the best protection for your software creations.

[author : Stephen A. Becker]

p.406 Program Your Own Text Editor , Part 2: Install the Video-Display-Oriented Text Editor on Your System

A listing of the text editor's source code with numerous comments concludes this two-part article.

[author : Richard Fobes]

Reviews

p.224 Radio Shack Compiler BASIC

[author : Rowland Archer]

p.392 Wyse Technology's WY-100 Terminal

[author : Mark Haas]

p.400 Edu-Ware's Statistics 3.0

[author : Brownlee Elliott]

p.447 Systems Plus: FMS-80

[author : Jack L. Abbot]

Nucleus

p.6 Editorial: Some Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

p.18 Letters

p.26, 386, 454, 468 BYTE's Bits

p.312 Programming Quickies: Generating Mohr's Circle

p.385, 390 Book Reviews: Personal Documentation for Professionals, Means and Methods; Visicalc: Home and Office Companion

p.390 BYTE's Bugs

p.451 Clubs and Newsletters

p.452 Ask BYTE

p.455 BYTELINES

p.459 Event Queue

p.466 Books Received

p.467 Software Received

p.471 What's New?

p.525 Unclassified Ads

p.526 BOMB, BOMB Results

p.527 Reader Service

In This Issue

According to a survey conducted by the Eastern Management Group, of the 1,400,000 personal computers installed by the United States by the end of 1981, 64 percent were operating in businesses. However, even with 900,000 personal computers in U.S. business establishments, only 1 out of every 61 white-collar workers is equipped with his own machine. Obviously, the market for personal computers within the business world is just getting off the ground. But someday, as Robert Tinney's cover playfully illustrates, microcomputers will very likely become permanent fixtures on Wall Street. Robert Franz describes how one brokerage firm has made microcomputers work to its advantage, James L. Woodward, a Boston banker, discusses some pitfalls of business programming in "What Makes Business Programming Hard?" Jack Bishop reviews three popular financial-planning systems in "Beyond the Peaks of Visicalc." N. R. McBurney II describes "The Personal Computer as an interface to a Corporate Management Information System." Gregg Williams looks at Software Arts' new TK Solver, In "An Introduction to the Human Applications Standard Computer Interface" (the first of a two-part article), Chris Rutkowski discusses new directions in which the personal computer may be heading. Steve Ciarcia concludes his two-part article on the construction of the Microvox text-to-speech synthesizer, William Barden puts real-world interfaces to work, Jerry Pournelle discusses BASIC and Pascal benchmarks, and we continue the countdown on our Game Contest winners,