Linked by Conrad Voorsanger on Thu 2nd Jun 2011 16:28 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews OSNews sat down with Ian Seyler, the Founder and Lead Programmer at Return Infinity, the maker and sponsor of Baremetal OS, a 64-bit OS for x86-64 based computers written entirely in Assembly. Editor's note: We'd love to do similar interviews with the people behind other alternative or hobby OS projects. If there's a project that you'd like to learn more about, let us know.
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RE[6]: Why not in Forth?
by Zbigniew on Sun 5th Jun 2011 13:06 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Why not in Forth?"
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"...using Forth words, instead of coding in assembly, usually overall size of your code is smaller, when programming in Forth."

We're still talking about compiled x86 code? Honestly I don't understand the logic, but no matter.

If I'm correct, there have been studies into that (Like can an Assembler programmer outperform an optimizing C compiler). Result: Only about 10 percent of programmers can outperform an optimizer.
Ans so I guess, that something similar to the above is behind the logic: Forth makes "dirty work" for you.

"No. Actually, programming in Forth is rather 'designing one's own problem-specific language'...instead of using ready-available high-level function"

This is fine for programming algorithms, and it's probably fine for OS work. However I'd be worried about leaving typical web developers to write their own functions. I imagine this results in a lot of duplicate code between libraries.

Nobody said, that Forth is going to replace HTML. Regarding the libraries: Forth programmers often prefer to "reinvent the wheel" - and to implement the things own way - instead of relying on old, fatty, buggy, and (still more and more) bloated libraries.

Thank you for answering my questions.

You're welcome.

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