[svfig-announce] Meeting Saturday, October 23, 2020
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Wed Oct 20 20:40:09 BST 2010
--- SVFIG Meeting, Fourth Saturday, October 23, 2010 ---
*** MEETING PLACE SAME AS LAST MONTH ***
The meeting will be held in Building 550 (aka Peterson Building)
most likely on the first floor. Directions and map links are below.
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At each lull in the action, between talks or before breaks we will be
inviting folks to give short 5-10 minute 'quickies'. If you'd like to
tell us about something, let Kevin know at the meeting and we'll reserve
the time for you or take your chances that nobody else will grab the slot.
09:50 --- Coffee and a Chat
10:00 --- eForth for eP32 - CH Ting
"eP32 is a Forth engine, but it still needs a Forth operating system to
interact with the user. This eForth implementation returns to the
original simplistic design, but leaves room for the user to make the
best use of the underlying CPU. I will discuss the metacompiler, eP32
assembler, kernel, interpreter, compiler, tools, and simulator in this
11:35 --- Quickie
11:45 --- LUNCH
We will walk to The Treehouse by Tressider Union.
Here is a review:
Here is the menu:
13:00 --- INTRODUCTIONS, ANNOUNCEMENTS, DISCUSSION --- All Assembled
This month we'll go around the room and each introduce ourselves. If
you're willing, tell us how you got started with Forth.
13:30 --- FORTH MEETS SMALLTALK --- Doug Hoffman
Doug will give us a look at his ANS Forth object extension package.
He'll present via Skype.
See Doug's bio here: http://www.forth.org/whoswho.html#doughoffman
14:30 --- Break
14:44 --- A LOGICAL PIANO KEYBOARD IN F# --- CH Ting
Piano keyboards were designed incorrectly from the very beginning.
Assigning white and black keys should have done logically, not
physically. Ting will show us how piano keyboards should be designed.
In F#, all Windows GDI functions are accessible and one can build custom
graphical user interface for specific applications. Ting will
demonstrate how to draw a keyboard on screen and dynamically change its
design when shifting keys.
15:21 --- Gforth on eCos --- John Harbold
John will give a give an update on his effort to port Gforth
to the eCos platform. He has now gotten Redboot to boot under
GRUB and may have Gforth built to run under eCOS and integrated
into Redboot by meeting time.
eCos is an embedded configurable operating system which is
open source, POSIX-compliant, real-time, and multi-threaded with
your choice of scheduler.http://ecos.sourceware.org/about.html
RedBoot is a complete bootstrap environment for embedded
systems. Based on the eCos Hardware Abstraction Layer, RedBoot inherits
the eCos qualities of reliability, compactness, configurability, and
15:55 --- Clean up before you go!
16:00 --- Ok, now you can go.
Please note that the times listed above are precise but not necessarily
accurate. We might go a little long or short on any agenda item or
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Coming to SVFIG:
* FORTH DAY in November 2010!
* Bring speaker suggestions TO EVERY MEETING!
* Mitch Bradley's Forth in C (somebody needs to volunteer)
* Blast from the past - a discussion of John James' CRC from his Xmodem
implementation as enunciated in "Forth Dimensions".
* Furthering the Cause of Forth - John Rible
IntellaSys has imploded, or something. We'd be pleased to hear about
John's new outreach project when formulated.
* Engineering TV
Fifty engineering topic channels. Four new episodes per week.
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