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[REBOL] Re: struct vs OO vs language

From: joel:neely:fedex at: 27-Sep-2001 12:18

Hi, Gregg, As an old FORTH guy... Gregg Irwin wrote:
> Hi Jason, > > << Anyone know if Forth plays a conscious role in Rebol's > development ? >> > > I'm not a Forth guy, but aren't blocks a core construct in Forth? > I would bet that Carl has looked at most languages out there and > distilled the best ideas from each of them. >
Same word, totally different meaning. A REBOL "block" is an ordered collection of (zero or more) REBOL values, etc... A relatively high-level concept. A FORTH "block" is 1k of disk storage. Originally used both for data and code. In the case of code, originally presented IIRC as a 16-line x 64-character view in an editor screen (built into, and written in, FORTH itself, of course ;-). A very low-level concept. -jn- -- This sentence contradicts itself -- no actually it doesn't. -- Doug Hofstadter joel<dot>neely<at>fedex<dot>com