Lard Interpreter li
The winbci module is a windows core module, meaning that it is
automatically loaded when the windows module is loaded. Its function
is to extend the interface to the bcode interpreter for the graphical
user interface. Its functions partly replace and augment the
facilities provided by the bci module.
winbci adds a Simulation menu to the main menubar. Its entries are:
At any time some of the menu entries will be disabled; for example
when no simulation is loaded the Run button will be disabled.
- This menu item allows the user to select a bcode file which is
then loaded into the bcode interpreter using bci_load.
- This menu item calls bci_reload which reloads the previously
selected bcode file.
- This menu item runs the simulation.
- Selecting this menu item causes the simulation to be suspended.
- This menu item attempts to clear the current bcode file from
memory, but doesn't do a very good job - it is probably better to quit
Module Writer's Interface
The command bci_winload gives the behaviour of the Load menu
item, i.e. displaying a file selector and calling bci_load with the
winbci replaces the basic implementation of bci_run from the bci
module with a version that gives the effect of running the interpreter
in the background so that the user interface can continue to operate.
It does this by repeatedly interpreting a number of instructions and
then updating the user interface.
The simulation can be stopped by code called during these update
periods by setting the variable bci_run_stop to true. This variable
is polled by the bci_run code. This can be used to implement
breakpoint type behaviour.
The number of instructions executed between updates is a balance
between a responsive user interface and fast simulation. The number
is controlled by the variable bci_responsiveness and defaults to 1000.