[svfig-announce] Forth Day, Saturday, November 20
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FORTH DAY 2004 Schedule
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SVFIG Meeting Agenda for FORTH DAY
Saturday, November 20, 2004
At Cogswell College, 1175 Bordeaux Drive, Sunnyvale, CA
9:00 --- Nosh and/or Caffeinate NOTE EARLY START TIME!!!
9:25 --- George Perry --- WELCOME
9:30 --- Robert Nash --- DISGUISING FORTH // SERVING FORTH
Forth, on the windy path
Precious Words in a Window shell;
Embrace the stormy change
"Although Forth is one of the first choices for new applications with
challenging requirements, this early success is often forgotten and the
application is later targeted for conversion to a more "mainstream" or
"maintainable" programming language. Based on a recent conversion effort,
this paper discusses some ways that Forth applications can be disguised so
that they can survive a conversion push (putsch?)."
In the second part of Bob's talk he'll describe a Forth-based
"Although code transportability is touted as one of the advantages of
certain languages, including Forth, there are few languages that provide
GUI transportability. Thus, Forth programmers are forced to spend much of
their time adapting existing GUI tools to their program's needs, often
departing significantly from their strengths as Forth programmers."
"Also, Forth developers are often compelled to re-write significant
parts of their applications when moving between computing environments such
as Windows and Linux. This paper describes how standard HTML tools and a
Forth-based scripting language can address this problem, using an example
from a recent project developed in Swift Forth for Windows."
10:30 --- Jeff Fox --- WHOLE BRAIN FORTH
"Up, Down, Left, Right, whole brain multiprocessing in Forth. In
Forth how are the subsystems interacting? Where is control and
understanding located? How does communication take place and what role does
language play? What can be learned about natural parallel intelligence in
Forth?" --- http://www.ultratechnology.com
11:30 --- Tim Duncan --- RECENT FORTH PROJECTS
Tim mixes Computers and Music with moderator rods of Forth. A heady
and intoxicating mixed metaphor indeed!
12:00 --- LUNCH Lunch courtesy of Doctor Ting
1:00 --- Introductions, Announcements, Rumors, Gossip
1:20 --- John Rible --- TREASURER'S REPORT
1:30 --- Paul Clifford, Mosaic Industries, Inc. --- FORTH IN REAL WORLD
Mosaic Industries has been using Forth since their start in
1985. They produce off-the-shelf and custom embedded computer solutions
for numerous applications such as industrial control, process automation,
product development and/or product upgrades, data acquisition, and
scientific instruments. They will present their use of Forth both as the
on-board real time operating system and for developing functional
libraries, for example, for Graphical User Interface (GUI) tool kits for
embedded display/touchscreen products. http://mosaic-industries.com/
2:00 --- Dave Jaffe --- WEARABLE DATA ACQUISITION
Dave will share his ideas on a portable personal data acquisition system
including new sensors.
2:20 --- Ting --- OSCILLOSCOPE PROJECT
Ting is leading a team to develop an ultra-compact
very-high-frequency super-low-cost digital oscilloscope. He'll give us an
overview of the project and then demonstrate some hardware - a small
printed circuit board to sample the signal and a Game Boy Advance to
display the scope traces.
2:40 --- NETGROKING --- put your heads together and chat about
Forth. Have a clearance-sale doughnut.
3:00 --- Chuck Moore --- FIRESIDE CHAT
The inventor of the Forth programming language will convey his
thoughts on the language and his experiences with it.
4:00 --- dash for the door
5:00 --- Golden Wok --- DRINKS AND DINNER
I'll pass around a roster during the meeting for
: Name /// email address /// Wok?
The folks who respond in the affirmative will thereafter be referred to as
Bring your wireless card for on-site Internet access!
If you would like to present at a SVFIG meeting, mailto:jv at zork.net
Al Mitchell, Forth-Based Ethernet Gadgets http://www.amresearch.com/
Tour of Computer History Museum at new digs http://www.computerhistory.org/
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