Meeting Agenda for
Saturday, January 24, 2004
1175 Bordeaux Dr.
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Starbucks Coffee, Tea, Bagels, and
Getting Beyond the GUI: How the Mac Came To Be, Why it and Windows
are Fossils, and Getting to The Humane Environment's Future - Jef
"Because it does not use the standard GUI conventions of interaction (you
can't create a better interface if it's the same as what's being
done), The Humane Environment (THE) is difficult to implement, especially in a
cross-platform manner. Our mono-platform version some years ago was done in
Forth with superb results. I will explain the advantages of THE, demonstrate it
running (in Python, sorry) and put out some easy challenges and hard challenges
to Forth programmers in the Q&A portion of the talk. I come not only to
teach and preach about interface design, but also to hear and learn from the
best Forth minds on implementing with Forth in the present
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Lunch - on your own: Togos or other local eateries
Introductions, Announcements, Rumors, and Gossip
More on "Mippy" - Randy
Randy will continue his discussion of
Mippy, a TTL-based Forth
computer. He will focus on the instruction execution process from instruction
fetch, through decode, into execution, including a branch instruction.
Three Ting Topics - CH Ting
Object Oriented Forth - What's inside of the FML Browser
FML is a Forth-based browser that has implemented some Object Oriented
features. Ting will discuss the general structures in FML and how the Forth
interpreter is turned into a XML-like browser.
eP32 Microprocessor Book
Ting's new book on the eP32 microprocessor has been published in Taiwan by
O'Reily. It is written in Chinese, although all the code are in Forth, except
the CPU design, which is in VHDL. He will bring a copy to the meeting.
Possible dinner at a location to be determined.
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