RETRO is a modern, pragmatic Forth drawing influences from many sources.
- Open Source (ISC License)
- Portable (runs on a MISC-style virtual machine)
- Small source & binaries
- Builds into a single, self contained binary for easy deployment
- Sources in literate format, using a Markdown variant
The language is a Forth dialect drawing influence from some of Chuck Moore's newer ideas. It's clean, elegant, tiny, and easy to grasp and adapt to various uses.
For FreeBSD, macOS, Linux:
Binaries will be found in the
bin directory. The ones of interest
run retro and exit, this is the primary interface for RETRO.
rre interface is used to run the examples and Atua Gopher and HTTP
servers that power forthworks.com.
rre embeds the RETRO image into the binary, making it trivial to copy
This is a basic
read-evaluate-print-loop for interactive use. It's
intended for quick tests and as an easy starting point for new interfaces.
repl interface requires the RETRO image (
ngaImage) in the current
working directory to operate.
Wrapping a shell script, some RETRO code, and using the
this is a slightly nicer alternative to the basic
repl for interactive