I'm a complete newbie to the Apple II. I've never owned one (and I still don't). Besides using the Apple II in typing class and LOGO in Middle School (about twenty-five years ago), I have no experience with the Apple II (unless you count the games of Conan and Spy Hunter that we played when we should have been typing).
I have an interest in using emulation to use BASIC to type in and run a few programs. In particular I want to try-out some programs in a book from a 1982 book called "Microcomputer Graphics" by Roy E. Myers. I hope to use this forum to ask some simple questions. Let me begin with my most basic three questions:
1) I use a PC running Windows XP. What is generally considered the simplest Apple II emulator? I don't need fancy functions, just disk drive support, BASIC 48K and the ability to adjust the speed of the Apple II. I want the ability to SAVE and LOAD programs (which I think any emulator should support). Another important consideration is that I want to be able to bump-up the emulation speed of the emulator because some of these math intensive programs in the book can take 40 minutes to complete "drawing" a picture at regular Apple II speed (which I THINK is 1MHz, right?).
2) I don't have any experience with Apple DOS. About the only thing that I can remember is that I have to type Catalog to get a directory listing. Where can I find the Apple DOS User Manual (if that's what its even called)? I just want to be able to do very simple tasks like load, save copy and execute BASIC programs.
3) The book that I want to use, "Microcomputer Graphics," has plenty of programs in it, but the book presumes that I have an Apple BASIC Reference Manual. What would be the best one to use?
I have plenty of experience with Commodore 64 and Atari 8-Bit BASIC, so this isn't ALL entirely new to me. That is, I'm not new to 8-Bit computers, just the Apple II.
Thanks for your help in advance.