[rescue] Forth

Brian Dunbar brian.dunbar at plexus.com
Wed Apr 28 14:02:30 CDT 2004

On Apr 28, 2004, at 1:29 PM, Dave McGuire wrote:

> On Apr 28, 2004, at 2:24 PM, Lionel Peterson wrote:
>>>> Holy Crap!
>>>> Look at the prices on these books - I wonder if people actually pay
>>>> these prices...
>>>> http://www.alibris.com/search/books/subject/
>>>> FORTH%20Computer%20program%20language
>>>    I have, and quite happily.  If you need the material, what's the
>>> problem?  Have you been to a physical bookstore lately and looked at
>>> the prices on technical books?  Even books on low-tech technical 
>>> stuff
>>> like Windows?
>> $200 for a 20 year old paperback on an obscure programming language?
>   Ok, I didn't see the $200 one.  That *is* excessive.  I saw a few 
> listings in the $50-60 range, which is perfectly reasonable given the 
> current book market.
>   And, you should be aware that Forth is FAR from obscure.  It is most 
> likely present in the ROMs in many of the computers you own, in fact.  
> Got a Mac?  Forth.  Sun?  Forth.  PC with decent PCI cards?  Forth.  
> It is all over the place.  That doesn't say "obscure" to my mind.

If the programming herd downstairs is any indication, anything that 
ISN'T VB is obscure.  I floated the idea of doing something in TCL/TK a 
few months ago and got some puzzled looks ... but I digress and 
apologize for distressing anyone.


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