Hello, my name is Ian Skinner. I am 11 years old. Welcome to my website where you will learn how to program the Commodore 64. I am doing this because I thought it would be fun and I hope you have fun programming with these codes. I am in a class of 31 students and I am the only one who likes the Commodore and other old systems. I find I like the Commodore because you can just turn it on and just make a program right away.
This is a picture of the Commodore 64 computer. The computer is attached to the keyboard. All the chips are inside the case. You need a disk drive to actually save and make programs. You can also use a tape drive. The Commodore 64 is also a game system where you can plug in joysticks and paddles. People didn't often buy monitors for their Commodore because they were too expensive, so they hooked them up to their TVs instead. The picture on a TV is not as good as on a monitor and the colours don't come out the same.
This is an ad for the Commodore from 1983 on the right. (You can see a full-sized image here.) The Commodore 64 first released in 1982. No one had computers at home back then. Not many people really wanted a computer. They didn't know what they would do with it. They didn't think they would ever need one. As you can see, this ad shows the prices of an early Apple and an early IBM PC. Today, Apple makes Macs and IBM PCs have become Windows computers. Back then, they cost around $1395. That's about $3450.80 in today's dollars. As you can see, that's expensive! The Commodore 64 was $595 back then but the price dropped to $199 in a couple of years so that it was cheaper and more families could buy them.
On the left is a Commodore TV ad that you would not see anymore. Commodore and Atari and other computer companies ran a lot of ads to try to convince people that these new home computers were something that they really had to have.
On the next page, I will teach you about
GOTO, the first two commands that you should learn.