Teaching kids about computers...
mcguire at neurotica.com
Mon Nov 26 19:27:17 CST 2007
On Nov 26, 2007, at 1:11 PM, Roy J. Tellason wrote:
>> If one wanted to work with an extensible language, Forth is the most
>> flexible. It is also one of the best for understanding more complex
>> programming concepts. It isn't that it has them built in, it is that
>> contains all the building blocks needed to create them.
> Forth is definitely one of the other things that I'm looking at, but
> style is rather putting me off. I have a 68HC11-based board that
> comes up in
> it, and should probably hook it up and play with it one of these
> days, or
> get an emulator going, or something, just to try and get a handle on
> If you know of any online resources for that language I'd sure like to
> about them. I did snag two of Leo Brodie's books, for starters, but
> not a
> whole lot else.
I really, really like FORTH. Any old SPARCstation makes a great
FORTH learning vehicle (OpenBOOT), but I opted to build a small Z80
single-board computer and ported Brad Rodriguez' CamelFORTH to it as a
machine on which to learn the language. I've had great fun with it,
and the language is VERY powerful. I've extended it quite a bit;
written a full-screen editor, drivers for new hardware (I2C flash, VF
display, I2C tone generator, etc) etc etc. I hope to add analog I/O
I have a few Harris RTX2000 chips (essentially a native FORTH
instruction set...very neat) but haven't done anything with them yet.
I really need more free time.
Brodie's books are good; they will serve you well. Here are some
URLs to get you going:
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