Forth was Re: The definition of On Topic

From: Stan Barr <>
Date: Mon Jan 31 12:55:33 2005


Huw Davies said:

> OK, to add a little bit of CC to this. ISTR that Forth was originally
> developed on PDP-11s but what other classic hardware of the era was it
> used? Which of these will fit inside the Golf :-)

Actually ISTR that it was originally developed on an IBM 1130, which
is how it became to be called Forth. The 1130 was described as a "third
generation computer" and Chuck Moore considered his language a "fourth
generation computer language" and wanted to call it "Fourth". But the
1130 only permitted five character identifiers, so it became "Forth".

Stan Barr
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