Happy New Year everyone!

So Recently I have been interested in learning C specifically because of the Amiga.


What’s an Amiga?

Amiga is a family of personal computers introduced by Commodore in 1985. The original model is one of a number of mid-1980s computers with 16- or 16/32-bit processors, 256 KB or more of RAM, mouse-based GUIs, and significantly improved graphics and audio compared to previous 8-bit systems.

I always have wanted to learn C and now I can use the Amiga as a platform to learn it!

I had been quite worried about starting to learn C because of the syntax and the fact that I would have to learn a new language that is more low-level than what I am used to.

But I have been reading up on it and I have been watching some videos on it and I have to say I am quite excited to learn it.

So of course I had to write the classic “Hello World” program.

C Hello World

Which I managed to do. I have to say it reminded me of working with a mix of python and Java.

Now A thing that Low-level languages have is that I have to compile them. So I have been using GCC to compile my code.

And I can just use the command gcc -o hello hello.c to compile my code.

But Because I want to learn how to run this code on the Amiga I have to use a different compiler.

What’s a Compiler?

A compiler is a computer program that transforms source code written in a programming language (the source language) into another computer language (the target language).

I came Across docker4AmigaVBCC By George Sokianos Which is a docker image with a VBCC compiler for AmigaOS 3 & 4 cross-compiling and it has been a great help.

What is Cross Compiling?

Cross-compiling is the process of compiling code on one system for another system.

With this I can write my code in any system I want that has docker installed and then compile it using the docker image by doing vc +aos68k -o hello hello.c and it will compile my code to a binary file that I can run on the Amiga!

And….. It works!

Amiga Hello World

I have to say I am quite excited to learn more and I am looking forward to learning more about C and about the Amiga!

Thanks for reading my blog :D Happy 2023!