TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Forth Q and A
Volume Number:1
Issue Number:6
Column Tag:TECH NOTES

FORTH Q&A

By Jörg Langowski

Q: How can I write text and numbers to a window and have automatic wrap- around?

A: For one thing, Forth does not define the simple “.” or type words so as to provide an automatic CR when the end of the window is reached. This makes sense in some applications, such as printing out tables, when the window size is not known beforehand. On the other hand, it is rather annoying if one wants to test a simple definition to see half of the printout disappear off the right edge.

You might have noticed that the built-in Forth word, WORDS, does an automatic word wrap. So it almost looks like there is some hidden word in MacForth that tests for the end of the ‘screen’ and prints out a CR when it is reached. Lets look at the definition of WORDS, using the decompiler from an earlier issue of this journal. (I converted the BRANCHes to IFs etc. to make the code more readable). Please refer to figure 1.

: words
  context @ ?dup 
   if @ ?dup
     if dup @ + ( stack now contains address of latest definition )
        begin dup dup 1+ c@ swap c@ or while ( token <> 0 )
            2+ count 31 and 2dup 16 {2c7c} ( aha! hidden definition )
            dup {2c58} ( another one ) type 2 spaces
            + ( add name length, get next token )
        repeat
     drop then
   then;

Figure 1

The code is pretty sraightforward: The address of the CONTEXT vocabulary is put on the stack and the offset to the LATEST definition added to it. Then, after making sure it is not at the end of the list (token = 0), WORDS gets the name string of the definition and, after some manipulations, types it. The manipulations are done by two of those strange tokens that have no name associated with them, {2C7C} and {2C58}. They are defined as follows:

: {2c7c} col @ over wmod 1+ -
         dup {2c58} col @ if spaces else drop then ;

: {2c58} col @ +
         get.window +wbounds 6+ w@
         get.window +wline.height @ 7-
         w/ > if cr then ;

The first one, {2C7C} tabs to the next integer multiple of n, where n is the number on top of the stack, and wraps around if it would go beyond the limit of the window. The actual wraparound is done by {2C58}, which expects the number of characters to be output on top of the stack. It then compares the final cursor position to (right window edge)/(line height - 7), which is approximately the last column position in the window. If the string would print beyond this last position, a carriage return is output first. The ‘approximately’, by the way, is the reason why WORDS sometimes prints off the screen with non-standard text sizes. The remedy is to increase LINE.HEIGHT.

So you can very easily achieve automatic wrap when outputting text. For string output (with COUNT TYPE) you may redefine:

: wraptype dup 2c58 execute type ;

and any string you output using this word will automatically be confined to the window boundaries (more or less; in case of trouble change LINE.HEIGHT). For number output, you either have to know beforehand how many digits your number will have, or you write your number to string conversion routine and then use WRAPTYPE.

In the near future, we will solve the text output problem (and also the Cut/Paste problem) in a more elegant way by using the TextEdit functions. Stay tuned for an article on that.

Q: How can I get access to the toolbox routines that are not predefined in MacForth?

A: I hope your question has already been answered in one of my recent columns (there is this 3 months’ delay between writing the letter to us and getting the answer), but I’ll repeat that important point here.

MacForth provides defining words that support most of the toolbox routines. They are the following:

OS.TRAP - the address on top of stack (TOS) is an operating system trap, which is compiled into the definition of the following word. On execution, this word takes the 32-bit number on TOS, puts it into register A0 and executes the trap. The result is returned in the variable IO-RESULT.

MT - the address on TOS is a Pascal procedure type trap. All parameters to this procedure are 32-bit items. On execution, the trap is called with all the parameters passed through the stack. They have to be set up in the order given in the trap definition (in Inside Macintosh).

W>MT - the Pascal definition expects one 16-bit item on TOS. Therefore, the (32-bit) item on TOS is converted to a 16-bit item before the trap is called.

2W>MT - same as W>MT, the two topmost items on the stack are converted to 16 bits.

The third type of traps are Pascal function type traps. This means that you have to allocate space, either 16 or 32 bits, by pushing a zero before you push the arguments on the stack. This way, function type traps can be called through MT. For simple functions, MacForth provides four defining words that do this space allocation automatically:

FUNC>W - no argument, 16 bit result (converted to 32 bits)
FUNC>L - no argument, 32 bit result
W>FUNC>L - 16 bit argument, 32 bit result
L>FUNC>L - 32 bit argument, 32 bit result. 

For all other trap calls you have to write your custom stack set-up procedure, which is not too hard. The definition of NEW.CONTROL in the March issue gives an example for that. One important tool in writing such a toolbox trap definition is the routine PUSHW that changes TOS and the stack pointer in such a way that TOS is a 16-bit item:

: pushw s0 @ >r sp@ 2- s0 ! sp! r> s0 ! drop ;

Be cautious in using PUSHW; 16-bit pushes and calls that pull 16 bits have to match, otherwise the stack pointer may be 2 bytes out of frame.

Q: How do I use resources from MacForth?

A: The BLKS files contain no resources (as you might check using a resource editor - some of them are around now - or even a simple disk editor program). If you want to use the resource fork of a file, you have to generate the resources first with Rmaker (this program can also be found on several public domain disks). Rmaker, however, has the annoying habit of deleting the data fork of a file that is presented to him. Therefore, the correct procedure is to create a new file of the correct type and creator with Rmaker and put in the resources that you want. For example, the input to Rmaker might look like:

MyFile
BLKSM4TH

TYPE MENU
   ,1
\14

   ,2
Test
Item1
Item2
(-
Item4
Item5

This will create the file MyFile with the correct type (BLKS) and creator (M4TH) and put the Apple menu (ID=1) and a test menu (ID=2) into the resource fork. Of course, this file does not contain a data fork yet, so you have to add some blocks to it by executing

 “ MyFile” 1 assign
1 open
1 10 append.blocks

and you can put your Forth program text into those blocks. MacForth provides the word OPEN.RSRC for opening the resource fork of a file; you will have to read the resources through the appropriate toolbox routines, since there are no predefined words for getting resources from a file.

Since Forth programs are usually distributed in source form, however, I do not consider resources as critical as in other applications. However, if you develop stand-alone applications in Forth (I have not used Level 3 yet, but any comments are welcome), you might want to add the resources with Rmaker. I will deal with using resources in one of my next columns.

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Capto 1.2.9 - $29.99
Capto (was Voila) is an easy-to-use app that takes capturing, recording, video and image editing to the next level. With an intelligent file manager and quick sharing options, Capto is perfect for... Read more
Opera 51.0.2830.40 - High-performance We...
Opera is a fast and secure browser trusted by millions of users. With the intuitive interface, Speed Dial and visual bookmarks for organizing favorite sites, news feature with fresh, relevant content... Read more
GarageSale 7.0.13 - Create outstanding e...
GarageSale is a slick, full-featured client application for the eBay online auction system. Create and manage your auctions with ease. With GarageSale, you can create, edit, track, and manage... Read more
1Password 6.8.7 - Powerful password mana...
1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web... Read more
Evernote 7.0.1 - Create searchable notes...
Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at anytime, from... Read more
MacUpdate Desktop 6.2.0 - $20.00
MacUpdate Desktop brings seamless 1-click app installs and version updates to your Mac. With a free MacUpdate account and MacUpdate Desktop 6, Mac users can now install almost any Mac app on... Read more
HoudahSpot 4.3.5 - Advanced file-search...
HoudahSpot is a versatile desktop search tool. Use HoudahSpot to locate hard-to-find files and keep frequently used files within reach. HoudahSpot will immediately feel familiar. It works just the... Read more
EtreCheck 4.0.4 - For troubleshooting yo...
EtreCheck is an app that displays the important details of your system configuration and allow you to copy that information to the Clipboard. It is meant to be used with Apple Support Communities to... Read more
WhatsApp 0.2.8361 - Desktop client for W...
WhatsApp is the desktop client for WhatsApp Messenger, a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for... Read more
iClock 4.2 - Customize your menubar cloc...
iClock is a menu-bar replacement for Apple's default clock but with 100x features. Have your Apple or Google calendar in the menubar. Have the day, date, and time in different fonts and colors in the... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

The best games like Florence
Florence is a great little game about relationships that we absolutely adored. The only problem with it is it's over a little too soon. If you want some other games with some emotional range like Florence, check out these suggestions: [Read more] | Read more »
Angry Birds Champions adds cash prizes t...
Collaborating with developer Rovio Entertainment, GSN Games has released a twist on the Angry Birds formula. Angry Birds Champions features the same bird-flinging gameplay, but now you can catapult Red and co for cash. | Read more »
Around the Empire: What have you missed...
148Apps is part of a family. A big family of sites that make sure you're always up to date with all the portable gaming news. Just like a real family, I guess. I don't know, my mum never told me anything about Candy Crush to be fair. [Read more] | Read more »
The Battle of Polytopia Guide - Tips for...
The addition of multiplayer to The Battle of Polytopia has catapulted the game from a fun enough time waster to a fully-fledged 4X experience on your phone. We've been playing quite a few matches over the past week or so, and we've put together a... | Read more »
All the best games on sale for iPhone an...
Hi there, and welcome to our round up of all the best games that are on sale for iOS at the moment. It's not a vintage week in terms of numbers, but I'm pretty sure that every single one of these is worth picking up if you haven't already played... | Read more »
Disc Drivin' 2 Guide - Tips for the...
We're all still playing quite a bit of Disc Drivin' 2 over here at 148Apps, and we've gotten pretty good at it. Now that we've spent some more time with the game and unlocked more powerups, check out some of these more advanced tips: | Read more »
Alto's Odyssey Guide - How to Tackl...
Alto’s Odyssey is a completely stunning and serene runner, but it can also be a bit tricky. Check out these to try and keep your cool while playing this endless runner: Don’t focus too much on tasks [Read more] | Read more »
Here's everything you need to know...
Alto's Odyssey is a really, really good game. If you don't believe me, you should definitely check out our review by clicking this link right here. It takes the ideas from the original Alto's Adventure, then subtly builds on them, creating... | Read more »
Alto's Odyssey (Games)
Alto's Odyssey 1.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes) Description: Just beyond the horizon sits a majestic desert, vast and unexplored. Join Alto and his friends and set off on an endless... | Read more »
Vainglory 5v5: Everything you need to kn...
Vainglory just got bigger. [Read more] | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Apple AirPods in stock today for $159, free s...
Adorama reports stock of Apple AirPods today for $159 including free shipping, plus pay no sales tax outside of NY & NJ. See our Apple AirPod Price Tracker for the latest prices and stock status... Read more
Saturday Sale: Amazon offers 12″ 1.3GHz MacBo...
Amazon has Silver and Gold 2017 12″ 1.3GHz Retina MacBooks on sale for $250 off MSRP. Shipping is free: – 12″ 1.3GHz Silver MacBook: $1349.99 $250 off MSRP – 12″ 1.3GHz Gold MacBook: $1349.99 $250... Read more
Use your Apple Education discount and save up...
Purchase a new Mac using Apple’s Education discount, and take up to $400 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution with a .edu email address qualify for the discount... Read more
Apple Canada offers 2017 21″ and 27″ iMacs fo...
 Canadian shoppers can save up to $470 on the purchase of a 2017 current-generation 21″ or 27″ iMac with Certified Refurbished models at Apple Canada. Apple’s refurbished prices are the lowest... Read more
9″ iPads available online at Walmart for $50...
Walmart has 9.7″ Apple iPads on sale for $50 off MSRP for a limited time. Sale prices are for online orders only, in-store prices may vary: – 9″ 32GB iPad: $279.99 $50 off – 9″ 128GB iPad: $379.99 $... Read more
15″ Apple MacBook Pros, Certified Refurbished...
Save $360-$420 on the purchase of a 2017 15″ MacBook Pro with Certified Refurbished models at Apple. Apple’s refurbished prices are the lowest available for each model from any reseller. An standard... Read more
Amazon restocks MacBook Pros with models avai...
Amazon has restocked 15″ and 13″ Apple MacBook Pros with models on sale for up to $251 off MSRP. Shipping is free. Note that stock of some Macs may come and go (and some sell out quickly), so check... Read more
Lowest price of the year: 15″ 2.8GHz Apple Ma...
Amazon has the 2017 Space Gray 15″ 2.8GHz MacBook Pro on sale today for $251 off MSRP. Shipping is free: – 15″ 2.8GHz Touch Bar MacBook Pro Space Gray (MPTR2LL/A): $2148, $251 off MSRP Their price is... Read more
Apple restocks full line of Certified Refurbi...
Apple has restocked a full line of Apple Certified Refurbished 2017 13″ MacBook Pros for $200-$300 off MSRP. A standard Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free.... Read more
Lowest sale price available for 13″ 1.8GHz Ma...
Focus Camera has the 2017 13″ 1.8GHz/128GB Apple MacBook Air on sale today for $829 including free shipping. Their price is $170 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for a current 13″... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Media Products Commerce Engineering...
# Apple Media Products Commerce Engineering Manager Job Number: 56207285 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: 26-Jan-2018 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Read more
Digital Platforms Lead, Today at *Apple* -...
# Digital Platforms Lead, Today at Apple Job Number: 56178747 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: 23-Feb-2018 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description:SalesSpecialist - Retail Customer Service and SalesTransform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description:SalesSpecialist - Retail Customer Service and SalesTransform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.