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I cut my teeth using Forth for writing automated tests for storage products (pretty legacy, I'm not sure if the company uses it any more), and got hooked on it afterwards. The test system was based on a custom real time OS, and Forth was a really good fit, but it would be really hard to find developers now that understood how to work with the system. I had also bought Threaded Interperative Languages (https://www.amazon.com/Threaded-Interpretive-Languages-Desig...) and chose to roll a Forth interpreter for an 8051 dev board I had laying around, which was pretty fun, and wasn't too difficult. It's mostly just a hobby now, as I don't think there's a lot of companies out there still using Forth.

I think Forth is still useful for embedded systems, often even more so than C, especially given that it can go places that C can't. I would personally choose it for my own embedded projects, but the paradigm is sufficiently different that I would worry about finding other people who have the mental capability to write Forth that doesn't immediately devolve into something unmaintainable, or who even want to learn it in the first place. I still write little scripts with GForth sometimes too, but it's not nearly as productive as just writing some Perl or Python. If you're interested in playing with a slightly more modern concatenative language, Factor is a good choice.




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