[Coco] Re: Looking for I/O specs for DECB, Nitros, ..... (CoCo FORTH)

farna at att.net farna at att.net
Tue May 2 07:38:33 EDT 2006

John, Frank Hogg agreed with you... at least until the CoCo3 came out! In "Tandy's Little Wonder" I have an interview with Frank Hogg. Some of you may remember him pushing FORTH in the early days of the CoCo over OS-9. He says he was misunderstood over that issue. He wasn't saying FORTH in general was better than OS-9, but it was a better OS for the CoCo when you were limited to 64K. Once the CoCo3 came out and memory was no longer so limited OS-9 could really outshine FORTH. I'm not positive now, but I think the FORTH package he sold was FORTH-83 compliant. It was about that time anyway...

> Date: Mon, 1 May 2006 20:49:11 -0700
> From: "John Hogerhuis" <jhoger at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Coco] Looking for I/O specs for DECB,Nitros,.....
> Good luck with F83. Curious: why F83 and not an ANS standard Forth?
> You could start with 6809 CamelForth. I made a rudimentary port of the
> Z80 version to the Tandy WP-2 sometime back.
> Anyway I'd be happy to see something reasonably useful like F83. I'd
> also like to see it ROMable though... no dependencies on the native
> ROM. I've always thought that 8-bit micros would have been much better
> off with a Forth ROM instead of BASIC.

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