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8 Aug 2002 (updated 8 Aug 2002 at 19:47 UTC) »

Where's Waldo? see Charles Moore, photo circa 1980 . No wonder I always liked figs .

3.4.  Hang on, isn't Forth out of date now?

One of the best answers came from Brad Rodriguez <mailto:bj@forth.org>. You can find the full version at <http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/forth/faq/why-forth>. In short, Forth's advantages are that it's comprehensible, small, interactive, fast, extensible, and makes it easy to work at a high level of abstraction.

BTW, this question came from someone comparing a 10+ year old Forth system with the latest version of Borland C++. His system was really out of date, but also with respect to current Forth systems.

3.5. Is Forth faster or smaller than C?

Not in itself. I.e., if you translate a C program literally into Forth, you will see a slow-down (e.g., a factor 4-8 with Gforth, a threaded-code system; for typical native-code systems you will see a factor of 1-3). Similarly, there is no inherent size advantage in Forth. For details see <http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/forth/performance.html>.

However, there are many reports of cases where Forth programs beat others in size and/or speed. My guess is that the added flexibility of Forth helps programmers produce faster and/or smaller programs.

3.6. What language standards exist for Forth?

An American National Standard for Forth, ANSI X3.215-1994, is accepted worldwide as the definitive Forth standard ("ANS Forth"). This standard also has been blessed as international standard (ISO/IEC 15145:1997).

reading "In memoriam, Edsger Dijkstra", i wonder how many people here could believe that Sir Max Beerbohm (1872-1956) had somehow influenced me in a very personal way?

1 Aug 2002 (updated 14 Jul 2003 at 20:31 UTC) »
Solaris4arab Remember Brian Wong answered my emails when i was installing Sun server in 2000 with some help of Sun support engineers.

plan on going to Boston this weekend. "This Sunday, Tsinghua alumini will send a delegation to MIT. Kang Kejin, Chen Xi will be in the group."

Dear Boston Tsinghua Alumni,
A delegation group from Beijing Tsinghua Alumni Association is visiting Boston next weekend. Boston THAA is going to hold a welcome meeting next Sunday (August 4). In the meeting, deputy director of Tsinghua Associate, Mrs. Meiying He, is going to give a brief introduction about the latest development in Beijing Tsinghua. I am looking forward to seeing all of you in the meeting.
Time: 4:00pm, August 4
Place: TBA
30 Jul 2002 (updated 30 Jul 2002 at 20:06 UTC) »
I were there and you are not.
That is an interesting idea.

can i?

Reading The Establishment of Diplomatic Relations Between Canada and the Vatican, 1969" by Frederick J. McEvoy. Ordered two books for this trip. "Many Petals of the Lotus: Five Asian Buddhist Communities in Toronto", "Muslims in the Diaspora: The Somali Communities of London and Toronto"

18 Jul 2002 (updated 14 Jul 2003 at 20:34 UTC) »

a letter to Susie about DOP Job Vacancy. She never replied.

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