Become Proficient in Forth with Free Books

Posted by sde on Jun 17, 2017 8:15 PM EDT; By Steve Emms
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This is the 25th programming language covered in a series of excellent open source programming books. This article focuses on Forth, an imperative stack-based language.

Forth has a number of properties that contrast it from many other programming languages. In particular, Forth has no inherent keywords and is extensible. It is both a low level and high level language. It has the interesting property of being able to compile itself into a new compiler, debug itself and to experiment in real time as the system is built. Forth is an extremely flexible language, with high portability, compact source and object code, and a language that is easy to learn, program and debug. It has an incremental compiler, an interpreter and a very fast edit-compile-test cycle. Forth uses a stack to pass data between words, and it uses the raw memory for more permanent storage. It also lets coders write their own control structures.

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