-*- outline -*-
This file describes all the things left to do on GNU Forth. The list
is not complete, so you should add topics you miss or refine existing
topics. If you are working on a topic, add your name to the right of
the topic. If you have completed the work, remove the topic.
This an emacs outline. Use '*' to create topics.
**measure the effect of some variations on different machines:
direct/indirect, NEXT splitting, keeping the TOSses in variables
**make it easy to put the right variation for each processor into the
configuration. I.e., on installation all combinations of options
should be measured and the fastest chosen. Knowing OS and architecture
is not enough, the best otions depend more on the processor and the
* ANSI Forth
Add the remaining words
We should have a config script so people don't need to edit the
**startup.fs takes too long to load.
Make the compiler much faster (hardly possible) or provide some way to
make an image that includes everything loaded by startup.fs
**Gender-independent image file format and loader
**Stack Checking using the MMU where the OS makes it possible.
DOS 8088 (16-bit or 32-bit? Note: there are no far pointers in gforth,
so 16-bit means 64k max.)
Use gcc-generated assembly on machines without gcc, but with
processors supported by gcc
*Foreign Language Interface
If anybody wants to do this, mail me
(email@example.com). I have given some thought to this
and will type in my notes if you are interested.
*Windows and Graphics
**Ask Brian Dunn and Mike Hore for their OS-independent interface
**use the Foreign Language Interface to make X-Windows support
*Program Development Environment
Issues: Convenience, portability across plattforms, compatibility with
existing tools (Emacs, F-PC)
** Decompiler and Debugger
Use the GNU readline package for convenient line editing
** emacs support
can be improved
**prefix file generator
A tool for generating a prefix file for a program that explains in
what way the program conforms to ANSI (i.e., which wordsets are used)
and contains Forth definitions for the simple non-ANSI words.
A tool that converts all uses of words in a source text to the exact
case of the definition. There's something like this out there on the
net (Joerg Plewe has posted a reference), but I think a program that
wires itself into the compiler (like etags.fs) is harder to fool by
search order tricks etc.
John Hayes has a portable package
A texinfo file
**glossaries of all wordsets.
*** Inclusion of stack comments, glossary comments, and wordset comments
in all source files.
* Distribution and Announcements
** add copyright notices to all the source files
** add a package target to the Makefile
** Write articles for (general-purpose) magazines