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[REBOL] Re: The effect of learning Forth on my understanding of REBOL

From: gregg:pointillistic at: 22-Mar-2007 11:33

Hi Ged, GB> I've been on and off with REBOL for years now.... GB> However, all this changed after spending a couple of months GB> learning FORTH. Suddenly REBOL makes sense. Yeah! That's great. GB> Now I understant how the Stack is used, and how the result bubbles GB> up on it. Now everything is obvious. If you could post some thoughts on this, it might help others. That is, how *do* you visualize that code working now. GB> Are many REBOLers former FORTHers? Does anybody else think that GB> Ian Brodies Thinking FORTH should be required reading (or better GB> still, adapter into Thinking REBOLisouly)? I have 'Thinking Forth' here, but didn't read it until after spending much time with REBOL, and even then, didn't study it in depth. Maybe I should. 'Threaded Interpretive Languages' is another good one, showing how TILs work internally, and how to build them. I also really enjoyed the Brian Harvey 'Computer Science Logo Style' series, in a REBOL context. I think 'Starting Forth' and the Brian Harvey books are available online now. Not sure about 'Thinking Forth', and it's out of print and hard to find. -- Gregg