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Forth Programmer's Handbook, 2nd Edition Paperback – August 1, 1998


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: FORTH, Inc.; 2nd edition (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966215605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966215601
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,681,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authors were among the original developers of the Forth programming language and were founders of FORTH, Inc., a premier supplier of Forth products and services. Elizabeth D. Rather chaired the Technical Committee that produced the ANSI Standard for Forth in 1994.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
Are you interested in how the Java virtual machine works? Interested in efficient Java chips? Are you interested in the boot-up software for the latest machines from Sun, DEC and FreeBSD Unix? If so, then you SHOULD be interested in Forth.
Forth is the world's premier stack-based language. Some people seem to think of Forth as "aged technology". But Forth's strength is in the ability to continually re-create itself. For example, "object oriented" features can be added to a Forth compiler without having to re-write the compiler itself. Java has sparked renewed interest in Forth technology because of its VM. If you read the Java VM manual it reads like a Forth text. For this reason chips designed to run Forth also turn out the be the fast "Java chips". Also the recent "plug and play" solution for Sun hardware is written in Forth. So if you want to write device drivers for Sun workstations you need to know Forth.
Ok, enough about the language, now about the book. The "Forth Programmer's Handbook" is probably the best book on Forth since the classic "Starting Forth" by Leo Brodie. This book differs from "Starting Forth" in quite a few ways though. Starting Forth was written with a strong emphasis on "easing the novice programmer" into programming using Forth as a model. The "Forth Programmer's Handbook" lacks the 'cute graphics' of Starting Forth. It also starts out with an in depth discussion of the Forth VM. (Starting Forth puts this off until several chapters later.) Also this new book has updated language features in it, such as a description of exception handling and of dynamic memory management. Also there is a good discussion on using assembler from Forth.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 1999
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This book is a great second book on FORTH. If you have never used FORTH or a FORTH derived language before i recommend that you go and read Leo Brodie's "Starting FORTH". Whilst this book makes a great and very handy reference, most of the explanations are very brief and would serve as more of a refresher than an in-depth explanation for the newbie.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 22, 1999
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This book provides a good in-depth coverage of Forth (particularly for users of Forth, Inc. versions of Forth) and is a great follow up to "Starting Forth". It would be hard to find anyone with a closer association with Forth than the authors of the "Forth Programmer's Handbook" since they were the world's second and third Forth programmers, after it was invented by their friend Chuck Moore. Forth, Inc. has done a lot to keep Forth as one of the best computer languages, especially for embedded applications, and this book does a good job of showing why it is.
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