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 AndrewZ on Mon 6th Jun 2011 20:56 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Why not in Forth?"
AndrewZ
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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.

It's been a while since I thought of Forth but from my long term storage...
Technically speaking Forth is a compiled language, but technically speaking Forth is not compiled like other high level languages. Forth has no real syntax, it is mostly code 'words' and data on a stack. As such it is already very compact. Forth is very close to the metal, so it is also very optimal. Forth is not for everyone. But if you like it, you love it. If it is for you, you become a Forth zealot and you try to convert all your friends. And of course they become annoyed, because they have never heard of Forth.

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