- February 2, 2018 at 10:30 AM #11937
I looked at all the Forth code on Git, and gee – half of it doesn’t work, there is no documentation, … the lack of the commercial aspect has caused a serious deterioration of the public face of Forth, although I do believe people with well maintained code do exist, they do not share because of poor monetization.
I recall when many Forths were available in commercial packages, all well documented and packaged. So thanks for maintaining this tradition, with code
that works, and is nicely documented. For personal users it would be nice if this were a little less expensive … for many of us would like to purchase this to support Forth Inc.March 15, 2018 at 2:47 AM #12816
For me it’s the SwiftX that gets a little spendy if you need to work with various boards, but the license for SwiftForth seems pretty fair these days. It only costs about as much as 5 or 6 large pizzas, and gives you a lot less heart burn.April 27, 2018 at 12:01 PM #14082
I can’t say I fully understand Forth.com’s pricing strategy. Forth is not in high demand – why put up a paywall?
I think it must be a leftover from the times when programming languages were SOLID and in a way the high prices helped to screen out the would-be time-wasters and lousy programmers and ensure a certain level of support.
But I think times have changed. Programming is more democratic.April 27, 2018 at 12:02 PM #14083April 27, 2018 at 1:08 PM #14087
Ha! The gold leaf ones cost extra!
But check out pricing for systems like VFX (http://www.mpeforth.com/pricelist.htm) . You get some fancy tooling with something like this. I just need the simplicity of SF though.
I saw some open source Forth projects out there somewhere. These are often built on top of C, C++ or others. Or GForth is there. So, options are available.December 6, 2018 at 5:46 PM #72635
I don’t understand the use of “paywall” in this context. All of Forth.com is freely accessible. None of it is behind a paywall.December 6, 2018 at 5:47 PM #72636
I seem to be the principle maintainer, so you’re welcome! The small license fees we charge for SwiftForth and SwiftX help us pay to maintain and document our software.
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