Meeting Agenda for
Saturday, October 25, 2003
1175 Bordeaux Dr.
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Coffee, Tea, Bagels, and Pastries
FML - Forth Markup Language - CH Ting
Lunch - on your own
Introductions, Announcements, Rumors, and Gossip
Forth for Vintage Computers - Kevin
Appert, CH Ting, Dwight Elvey, and Dave Jaffe
"This presentation will briefly describe and demonstrate Forth, a threaded interpretative language and how it can be used with vintage computers. Forth's strengths include small kernel size and ease of implementing emulators, assemblers, and programming applications on any microprocessor."
"Forth is simple to use and has been ported to most microprocessors. A short discussion of Forth's design and a demonstration of its use in a tethered environment - connecting a PC to vintage hardware over a serial interface - will be presented. Additional demonstrations will include a mechanical robotic hand and an ultrasonic transducer wheelchair interface."
"A specific Forth application with a vintage computer will describe its use in downloading data from the vintage machine with a non-standard disk format. In particular, data has been recovered from a Heathkit H89 with a hard-sector formatted USART-encoded floppy disk and transferred to a PC over a serial interface. Forth was employed on the PC side and assembly language on the H89."
Kevin will also discuss the "Forth Resources on the Web and in Real Life" that he complied for the event.
Forth Success Stories - Kevin
Round Table Discussion - Everyone
Possible FIG or SVFIG Business Meeting at a location to be determined.
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