BASIC vs Python

Mike Meyer mwm at
Sat Dec 18 03:41:11 CET 2004

Scott Robinson <dscottr at> writes:

> Forth seems better than basic, but is *weird* (I tried it for a
> while).  I'm not sure going from Forth to C (or Python) would be much
> easier than Basic to C or Python.  The biggest disappointment for
> Forth was that no significant Forth chips were made (and none until it
> was too late).  A machine designed to be run on Forth would have been
> unbelievably powerful from the late 70s to the mid 90s (it would be
> more painful now than the x86 legacy, but still).

I think you overestimate how long the Forth chip would have been a
serious competitor to x`the x86 line. LISP chips - which should have
all the same advantages - didn't last that long.

Mike Meyer <mwm at>
Independent WWW/Perforce/FreeBSD/Unix consultant, email for more information.

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