[Vm-dev] HackerNews + vm-dev = a lightbulb saying "STACK!"

David T. Lewis lewis at mail.msen.com
Sun Oct 7 03:17:57 UTC 2012

And of course don't forget to read (or re-read) Eliot's excellent explanations:



On Sat, Oct 06, 2012 at 07:13:12PM -0400, Chris Cunnington wrote:
> I saw an interesting post on HackerNews [1] about a book called "Stack 
> Computers: The New Wave" (1989)[2].
> I thought, that's pretty interesting. Stack computers. Stack languages. 
> Forth. Hmmm, Forth. I wonder if it would be worth spending some time on 
> Forth?
> Then there's a post on GreenArrays, Inc. [3] and Chuck Moore and 
> ColorForth [4] and such. And I think, Yea. That's cool. But I shouldn't 
> really go down this road. How are stack languages related to Smalltalk?
> And then I realized the StackVM is called a StackVM because it uses a 
> ... STACK.
> Oh, right. Stack. Maybe the informing principle of the StackVM is that 
> it uses a stack. Like Forth.
> Sometimes a brick has to fall on my head before I see what's going on.
> Chris
> [1] http://news.ycombinator.com/
> [2] http://www.ece.cmu.edu/~koopman/stack_computers/index.html
> [3] http://www.greenarraychips.com/
> [4] http://www.colorforth.com/

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