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General Development "Forth is a simple, natural computer language. It has achieved remarkable acceptance where efficiency is valued. It evolved in the 1960s on a journey from university through business to laboratory. This is the story of how a simple interpreter expanded its abilities to become a complete programming language/operating system."
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RE: PostScript
by transputer_guy on Sat 27th Jul 2013 05:58 UTC in reply to "PostScript"
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Just to add a circular note.

As the wikipedia article also states, PS was a successor language to InterPress which itself evolved from JaM used for VLSI layout at Xerox PARC, just as I remembered.

A few years later when I wrote yet another VLSI layout editor for the Mac using C, there was another program called MacGDS written entirely in Forth. This was a Mac work alike of the industry standard Calma GDS II CAD program that usually cost $100k or more running on a Nova/Eclipse minicomputer and used by every chip designer of the day.

Later MacGDS was rewritten in C++ and relabeled dw-2000 and is still around, but even still, the Forth version was pretty darn impressive for such a language.

Also as I recall, the Forth people also got quite involved in chip and processor design of tiny Forth like cores.

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