[DIR] Forthworks

RETRO is a clean, elegant, and pragmatic dialect of Forth. It provides
a simple alternative for those willing to make a break from legacy

The language draws influences from many sources including traditional
Forth systems, cmForth, colorForth, Factor, and Parable. It was
designed to be easy to grasp and adapt to specific uses.

The basic language is very portable. It runs on a tiny virtual
machine (Nga), which is written in C. There are multiple interface
options, the main one (rre) is buildable with just the standard C
compiler and libraries on most systems.

Source Code

These include source code, documentation, and some examples.

 BIN  Latest Release (2018.8, .tar.gz)
 BIN  Latest Release (2018.8, .zip)
[DIR] Prior Versions


Development is tracked using a Fossil repository.

Clone the repo:

fossil clone http://forthworks.com:8000 retro.fossil

And open it:

mkdir retro
cd retro
fossil open /path/to/retro.fossil

I generate nightly snapshots of the development version.

 BIN  Nightly Snapshot
 TXT  Latest Changes (updates hourly)


 BIN  macOS (2018.8; disk image w/docs, samples, binary)
 BIN  DOS (2018.8; x86)
 BIN  Windows (2018.4; x86, x86-64, .NET)

Packages & Ports

NetBSD pkgsrc: lang/forth-retro
LiteBSD: lang/retro12
FreeBSD: lang/retro12

Commercial Versions

I develop and maintain commercial versions for iOS and macOS. These
run the same image and virtual machine as all of the other systems,
but add a custom editor-centric interface and some additional words
to make them more useful on their respective platforms.

Proceeds from the commercial versions pay for the hosting of this
server, recurring Apple development fees, and an occasional cup of
tea or coffee.

 HTM  RETRO for macOS


You can view the glossary via Gopher or HTTP. This is served off the
latest documentation in the repository by a server written in RETRO.

[DIR] Glossary Browser (gopher)
 HTM  Glossary Browser (http)
 TXT  Glossary (text)

Additional Documentation:

0Platform Support /retro/platforms.txt
 TXT  Notes on the Language
 TXT  Notes on the RRE Interface
 TXT  Notes on Evolution of Ngaro into Nga
 TXT  Notes on Metacompilation & Assembly
 TXT  Notes on Kernel Wordset
 TXT  Notes on Prefixes as a Language Element

And of some historic note:

 TXT  Design Philosophy of RETRO Native Forth
 TXT  On The Naming of RETRO


I can be reached:

- @crcx on Twitter
- @crc@mastodon.social on Mastodon
- /r/forth on reddit (/u/_crc)
- #retro on irc.freenode.net (look for crc)

The IRC channel is logged at http://tunes.org/~nef/logs/retro and a
mirror is provided via gopher:

[DIR] IRC Channel Logs
forthworks.com:80 / atua-www / running on retro