Bootstrapping Forth on JVM, .NET CLR, etc.


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  • 1. [newbie] return stack commands
    Can someone tell me the 'standard' words for dealing with the return stack pointer? RSP@ ( -- address) This command gives the starting address of the return stack (the address it was intialised to at start-up)? Correct? (I don't like to use 'top' of the stack, because it depends which way your stack grows). RSP! (address -- ) This will SET the return stack pointer to the address? Correct? So, to re-set the return stack at the beginning of a QUIT loop, I can just do RSP@ RSP! Is there a command to see where the return stack is currently pointing? Is it even necessary? I ask, because I am slightly confused over word nomenclature, and which words are more prevalent/accepted. I am also seeing references elsewhere on the web to RS0, R0, and S0. Any information greatfully recieved. Thank you Mark.
  • 2. Dijkstra's guarded commands
    Gerry < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > writes Re: Dijkstra's guarded commands [..] > Given the if guarded command written as (using a different > syntax to avoid overloading IF) > if[ <boolean1> ==> <statement1> > [] <boolean2> ==> <statement2> > ... > [] <booleann> ==> <statementn> > ]then > where the <boolean>s and <statements> are just a sequence of Forth > words. The question is what to compile and how to introduce non- > deterministic selection if more than 1 <boolean> evaluates true. Instead of testing which number m of these n statements is true, and then jump-executing the "m choose"-th one, why not visit the n statements in random order and jump to the first that is true? A random number generator based on a feedback shiftregister does this, but you may want to implement Floyd's algorithm as described in 'More Programming Pearls' by Jon Bentley (column 13, page 141). This algorithm needs only m "choose" calls to build a set of m numbers. Still another way is to generate the next permutation of the n statements on each new if[ call and again jump to the first statement that tests true. This is not random, but probably good enough. Downside: you need a global variable per case to remember the last permutation. -marcel

Bootstrapping Forth on JVM, .NET CLR, etc.

Postby joel reymont » Tue, 07 Aug 2007 14:38:01 GMT


Suppose I wanted to bootstrap a Forth on a JVM, .NET CLR or another
existing VM.

Where would I start?

I'm learning Forth on a Mac (gForth) and don't want to use Windows.

My goal is to create a network link from my Mac to the target VM for
interactive development with cross-compilation and debugging happening

    Thanks, Joel

Re: Bootstrapping Forth on JVM, .NET CLR, etc.

Postby joel reymont » Tue, 07 Aug 2007 15:53:42 GMT

To be more precise... Suppose I started up gforth and I'm at the
interpreter prompt.

I want EXECUTE to generate the appropriate bytecode and run it on the
linked VM.

How do I make sure that EXECUTE is not the one that gforth supplies?

Do I hack at the gforth source code to build the cross-compiled Forth
and if so then is gforth the right Forth to start with?

I see no reason to re-implement the "outer interpreter" (right
expression?) and would like to let gforth parse my Forth code. I can't
envision how I would replace the code generation part, though.

    Thanks, Joel

Re: Bootstrapping Forth on JVM, .NET CLR, etc.

Postby Dmitry Ponyatov » Fri, 10 Aug 2007 03:01:27 GMT

You can use your own byte-code interpreter (a.k.a. inner interpreter =
engine = virtual machine) written in Java/C#, and cross-compiler
written in FORTH which generates byte-code from Forth-like language

Re: Bootstrapping Forth on JVM, .NET CLR, etc.

Postby Dmitry Ponyatov » Fri, 10 Aug 2007 03:04:52 GMT

at  http://www.**--****.com/ 
build upon this principle -- simple virtual forth machine in C with
some C++ elements and cross-compiler for SP-FORTH (I still now
understand vocabularies and use lower-cased words for FVM commands and
some non-standard language elements like { } var const buffer)

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3.a tutorial on bootstrapping forth?

For a while now I've been trying to find a good tutorial on implementing a
forth system from scratch.  I haven't found one yet so I decided to ask here
and see if anybody knows of one.

From my research I've learned about the inner/outer interpreters.  I've even
heard that some people have written extremely basic forth compilers in
assembly that support only a handful of words (e.g. get/set a byte, colon,
semicolon and a few others) and then they "cross-compile" forth code for
the two interpreters into full featured Forth system.

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