monsonite Posted February 9, 2015 Report Share Posted February 9, 2015 Hi All, A couple of years ago, I stumbled across a minimalist, interpreted programming language, created by Ward Cunningham - wiki pioneer. He called it Txtzyme - a concatenation of text and enzyme, and suggested that it could boost creativity. What it is, is a tiny interpreted language, where a single ASCII character is interpreted as an instruction, and causes a block of associated C code to be executed. It is so compact, it can be condensed into about 90 lines of Arduino C code. However, what it provides, is a powerful means to command the hardware of a microcontroller, just using a few characters sent over a serial port. Essentially it is a low level language for exercising new hardware. I took Ward's simple interpreter and extended it, to create a programming tool, that I call SIMPL. It borrows heavily from some of the minimalist ideas, first used 40 years ago by Chuck Moore's FORTH and the various TinyBasics used in the mid-1970s for some of the early 8 bit systems. To cut to the chase, I now have SIMPL running on ZPUino, on a Papilio Duo with Logic Start Shield. I can turn LEDs on and off with a few snippets of interpreted code, run LED chasers or synthesize musical tones. I'm currently trying to compile about 2 years of experimentation into a concise document. In the meantime - if you want to play with SIMPL - the raw sketch is up her on this github gist. https://gist.github.com/monsonite/97730b0456762da20a98 I'd appreciate comments and feedback. Have fun Ken B London 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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