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.info did a funny parody of MLX - it scanned after every keystroke and buzzed and insulted you if you made a mistake
Just so folks know: for many years, compute! required Apple II users to use the built-in machine language monitor to enter machine language programs. The user would be instructed to enter CALL-151, and go from there. The apple MLX editor was released as a way of providing apple II users with a more reliable way to proofread machine language entries. There was also a striped down version of MLX called "tiny MLX" for the unexpanded VIC-20. It was simpy a one shot, no features way to enter MLX programs into the tiny memory of the VIC. You changed the program to the start point, typed in the whole listing in one shot, and then the program allowed you to save it. It had no numeric keypad, and no other features. Eventually tiny MLX was dropped, and the fully fledged MLX, which required vic users to have an 8K memory expansion pak became the only way for VIC users to enter MLX programs.
First developed for?
"MLX was initially written for the Commodore 8-bit series of computers"
I don't believe this is correct. The C64 and Atari versions were released in the same issue of the magazine, as the article notes. I recall that issue, and don't remember anything in it that described the history of MLX.
Do we have any independent source that suggests one version began development earlier or later than the other? Without such, all we know for sure is that both were released at the same time, and that should be stated clearly!