Bill Gunshannon bill.gunshannon at hotmail.com
Sat Mar 28 08:39:19 CDT 2020

On 3/27/20 8:48 PM, Paul Koning wrote:
>> On Mar 27, 2020, at 8:42 PM, Bill Gunshannon via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
>> On 3/27/20 8:25 PM, Paul Koning wrote:
>>>> On Mar 27, 2020, at 6:12 PM, Bill Gunshannon via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
>>>> Does anyone have a .tap image of a DIBOL install tape for RSTS?
>>>> And while I am at it, was there ever RPG for RSTS?
>>>> I am so bored I have decided to really load up a SIMH system
>>>> and just live in the past for a while.  I have Fortran-IV,
>>>> Fortran-77, COBOL-81 and C installed now as well as BASIC and
>>>> MACRO.  But I  haven't had the chance to do any DIBOL or RPG
>>>> for quite some time and would love to try them again.
>>> If you want to try something entirely different, dig up the FORTH runtime system that's part of the V10.1 "unsupported" kit.  It's a neat language.  Still in use, in fact.
>> I used that FIG FORTH package ages ago on real PDP-11's.
>> Was never impressed with Forth so much.  Only time I was
>> impressed was when I worked with OpenPROM which was all
>> written in Forth.  Wanted to do one for the PDP-11 but
>> lost interest when Sun gave it to IEEE and they wanted
>> several thousand dollars just to look at it.
>> Now I am more interested in sticking with the serious
>> business languages that ran on the PDP-11.
>> bill
> Ok.  The RSTS Forth is more than FIG-FORTH; it adds the FORTH-83 (FORTH-79?) language standard features.  I used it for several applications, the biggest by far is SDA, an interactive RSTS crash dump analyzer.  4600 lines of code...  It should be in the kit.

I saw that FORTH was there but, as I said, FORTH didn't
really interest me beyond the project I had that died on
the vine thanks to the greed of the IEEE.  Maybe I'll
look in to that again sometime, but it would be low on
my list of priorities at this point.  I actually have
FORTH on a number of different systems but have done
little beyond comparing them.


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