[FoRK] FORTH, not 1TB for free

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Wed May 19 22:07:37 PDT 2004

Forth was cool.  I always felt that Postscript was the direct successor, 
basically a cross between Lisp and Forth that created a Javascript-like 
mid language.

I actually implemented the equivalent of scrolling text web pages with 
forms with built-in scripting on a per-field basis by writing my own 
language based on Postscript syntax with ported versions of Bison and 
Flex used recursively with my own tokenized language, all written in C++ 
(Glockenspiel CFront + MS C) on DOS with 286 PCs.  Throw in preemptive 
multitasking with 4 tasks on DOS with DDN TACs and an SMTP app on 
mainframes.  All running in 512KB of ram with 2 360KB floppies and a 
1200 baud modem.  Ahh, those were the days.  Written in a few months 
with a friend while a $50K/day penalty to the corp. for being late was 
hanging over us.


Joseph S. Barrera III wrote:

> Contempt for Meatheads wrote:
>>  My favorite FORTH implementation from that era was GraFORTH --- an
>>  x86 version that had built in 3d Cartesian coordinates and transforms
>>  that let you do, oh, several (12, maybe, IIRC?) FPS of color
>>  wireframe animation on an old 4.77 first-off-the-line Compaq
>>  luggable.
> Which graphics card? I did my XT clone graphics hacking with
> a Hercules card. Something like 720 x 348 pixels?* Actually,
> the card itself was a Taiwanese clone of a Hercules card, I think.
> Never got into FORTH. Got my RPN fill programming HP calcs.
> - Joe
> * = 80 columns x 43 1/2 rows with 8x8 characters.
> Most of what I used it for was as a killer terminal emulator.
> Very tricky code to get scrolling acceptably fast, given
> the lack of hardware support.
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