[svfig-announce] SVFIG Meeting October 28

Kevin Appert forther at comcast.net
Wed Oct 25 00:34:06 BST 2006

Cogswell College, Sunnyvale, CA    October 28  ---  this Saturday

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SVFIG  Meeting Agenda for Saturday, October 28, 2006
At Cogswell College, 1175 Bordeaux Drive,  Sunnyvale, CA
Main page --> <<<http://www.cogswell.edu>>>
Directions --> <<<http://www.cogswell.edu/directions2campus.html>>>

We are likely going to be in our usual room - 197 A and 197 B

10:00  --- COFFEE

10:15  --- riscForth, REDUCED INSTRUCTION SET FORTH  --- CH Ting
	     "I am trying to minimize the number of eP32 instructions.
	My goal is to reduce the machine instructions to 16 so that
	they can be encoded in 4-bit nibbles. Here is the current
	instruction list: CALL, RET, IF, ELSE, NEXT, @, !, DUP, DROP,
	OVER, >R, R>, AND, XOR, +, 2/. There is no room for NOP, but
	it can be synthesized with DUP DROP. I think a reasonable
	computer can be built with only these 16 instructions."
	     "My experiments now show that I need 17 instructions.
	I will let people vote to have their favorite instructions

11:30 --- COUNTING ZIPCODES - Dave Jaffe
	     Dave will describe his completed Forth program that processes
	text files containing zipcodes and country names.

Some folks bring their lunch, some folks go to Togos.


13:30 --- FORTH RAMBLINGS ---Glen Haydon
	An historical review.

14:32 --- BREAK

Glen Reuschling
	Glen's presentation will begin with demonstrations of the three
	different incarnations of LEGO's robotics learning systems:
	LEGO-LOGO, LEGO Mindstorms, and LEGO Mindstorms NXT.
	It will be followed by a discussion of the strengths and
	weaknesses of the LEGO systems for classroom use. His talk
	will conclude with some ideas on how a language like Forth,
	combined with a LEGO-like robotics building system, could
	result in a much better learning experience.

16:00 --- ADJORN


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Wireless Internet access is anticipated (though not guaranteed)
at Cogswell, so bring your wifi.

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Coming to SVFIG next month:
More Forth Day planning?
Bring last-minute speaker suggestions!

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Check the SVFIG web site at http://www.forth.org/svfig/
for last minute changes to this schedule.
The most up-to-date meeting information is at

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