On Jun 21, 2018, at 8:23 AM, Ethan A. Gardener <eeke...@fastmail.fm> wrote: > > Thanks! I don't know APL at all, beyond the fact that its need for a > graphical (or at least sophisticated) display held it back in the past. I > should probably look into it now, I'm sure it would save me from making some > mistakes in my design.
Languages j, k & q are ascii only. K is quite minimalist (compared to APL & j). I quite like Scheme, k and plan9 for their minimalist aesthetics. Arthur Whitney, k’s designer, had told me he was making it run on bare metal. He was muttering about how Linux just gets in the way! Though I don’t know if he actually did that. Another crazy bare metal tale: A few years before Eben Upton came up with Raspberry Pi, he had ported cpython to run on the videocore on a GPU only chip (bcm2707) using custom software hackery. Using python like BASIC is a great idea! Personally I’d prefer something like k, Scheme, python or lua (and not forth) to boot into. I am admire forth but I’m not a fan of *programming* in stack languages!