in conjunction with
bootstrapping a language
and I think it would be constructive to show just how small Forth can be.
an implemention of Forth bootstrapped from assembly language.
It took only 2,313 lines of assembly for
(and easily half of that is comments describing the inner workings of the Forth environment)
versus the 3,663 lines of assembly for the first stage of
(the other language mentioned the other day).
the first stage of
amber is usable as is,
JONESFORTH takes another 1,788 lines of code in Forth
(and again, about half is just comments describing the implementation) to get a near fully fledged Forth system
JONESFORTH does not support
DOES> and why that is important will take another post).
Forth is pretty easy to bootstrap.
JONESFORTH executable is only 17K—when
was the last time you saw a compiler that small?)
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