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WP-34S (Emulator Program Load/Save)
Message #1 Posted by Barry Mead on 9 Dec 2013, 12:50 p.m.

I have been using the WP-34S for several months now, and it seems obvious that the biggest gaping hole in it's feature set is the ability to easily share programs. What is desperately needed is a file menu in the emulator that allows users to load or save programs to/from the RAM area of the emulator. From there these programs could be exchanged with the real calculator over the communications port. I admit that it is possible to save your programs by transferring them to flash and by exporting the entire flash memory to a file, but this only saves giant blocks of programs, not individual programs. It is cumbersome and non-intuitive to share small programs with others in the WP-34s environment.

I believe this single improvement would greatly increase the value and utility of the WP-34S, because it would encourage greater community involvement and sharing of programs.

It may be a non-trivial feature to add, as it may require that the assembler/disassembler be folded into the emulator. I imagine that the saved programs would look like WP-34S keystrokes in a human readable text format that could be easily shared with others.

Anyone up for a challenge?

Edited: 9 Dec 2013, 1:18 p.m.

Re: WP-34S (Emulator Program Load/Save)
Message #2 Posted by Marcus von Cube, Germany on 9 Dec 2013, 5:29 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Barry Mead

You can use Neil's assembler (a Perl script) to translate a program in text form and modify an existing RAM image on your PC with the translated binary. The command line syntax isn't too obvious and a File menu in the emulator might be of great help. It still needs some integration efforts and a working Perl installation on your machine.

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