If you look in wonder at all those machine code demos
from the Continent and realise that you will never be able to program
like that, take a look at some of the first demos produced on the Atari.
Here is a collection of 28 of the early graphics and sound demos
produced by ordinary users tinkering about with their machines. Not
spectacular by today's standards but the big advantage is that they are
all in Basic and the listings can be studied and the effects added to
your own programs. There are examples of pretty graphics, character
animation, player missile graphics and more. There is nothing here to
totally amaze you but you will learn how to produce simple effects of
your own and so make your programs more interesting. In the end there is
nothing like creating your own programs, even at the simplest level, and
that's what keeps the Atari alive.
Boot with Basic.