In 1985, Computer Knowledge prepared a basic tutorial about microcomputers and DOS. The exercise was to help students and to help me learn programming. The first goal was somewhat successful; the second, not so much as I look back on the code.
One of my ultimate goals is to recreate that tutorial in different form and updated to today’s technology. But, in the process, I thought it might be of interest to see the original. I picked the 1991 version as one of the last versions in the original format.
The original was a DOS-based program that displayed text-only pages, one page at a time. You could navigate the pages and at times the program would ask questions and expect an answer.
|When started, the program would go through a setup routine and asked if you wanted to view the text in color or monochrome and if you wanted sound or not. The sound was just simple beeps; nothing fancy.|
TUTOR.COM Main Menu
- Tutorial which explains TUTOR.COM (version 4.5).
- A description of the expanded keyboard.
- Brief history of computers.
- Introduction to computers, binary numbers, and the CPU.
- Introduction to storage and input/output devices.
- Disk Operating System operation and commands.
- A tutorial on subdirectory structure and commands.
- Batch file commands and structure explained.
- A brief introduction to structured programming.
Additionally, you could start the program with the parameter OLDKEY and this would cause the #2 keyboard tutorial to switch from the expanded keyboard to the original IBM-style keyboard. That one is here…