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I was also thinking that if I had to start from scratch, Forth would be a great way to do it. I'm not familiar with Fig Forth, but I just ran across these assembly sources for various early CPU architectures: http://www.forth.org/fig-forth/contents.html but they look really long. I wonder if that booklet you had was simpler than these. (Any idea if it's available online?) I was thinking something like jones forth https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10187248 which has a minimal assembly part (which is mostly comments explaining how it all works) and then quickly moves to implementing Forth in Forth itself.

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