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Some Forth proposals have one definition for individual values and another definition for a range of values. There would have to be another definition for a set of values. No earlier
Some Forth proposals have one definition for individual values and another definition for a range of values. There would have to be another definition for a set of values. No earlier Forth proposal that I know of allows sets and ranges together, as in:
{{{
case 2..3, 12:
}}}
What is proposed here is a single __case__ statement for Forth which will include all these variations, and many more, that can be implemented in fig-FORTH, Forth-79, Forth-83 and any other Forth.
Figure 2a would look as shown in Figure 3. Let's add two more spoons of syntactic sugar, as in Figure 4. As has been noted elsewhere, too much syntactic sugar causes semantic diabetes. Our __case__ is sweet enough. Figure Five is an example to show some of the possibilities.
Now for a real life example. Figure 6 is a recension of a word in John James "Universal Text File Reader" (Forth Dimensions VII/3). One of my favorite examples is "Thirty days hath September, April, June and November ..." See Figure 7. If __NUMBER__ in your system is vectored, you may want to replace it in some applications with a version that selects the numerical radix according to the first character. Figure 8 implements a convention used on Motorola systems (e.g., 68000). Laxen's __CLASSIFY__ example (FD VII/I) can be written without redundant classes with no additional definitions, as in Figure 9.
Since __DUP__ is assembler code, in most systems you can optimize its definition with something like that in Figure 10a. The Forth-79 definition of __=OR__ is given in Figure 10b. If you do not have __PICK__, as in fig-FORTH, or if __PICK__ is not an assembler code definition, see Figure 10c.
A __case__ statement in any programming language is intended for a series of tests to classify a value. To do this in other languages without using a __case__ structure would require repeating the value at each test, giving a tedious appearance to the source ln Forth, the data stack allows us to avoid such explicit references to the value In Forth, a __CASE__ statement has the pattern __DUP ... IF DROP ...__ We have sweetened this to __CASE ... OF ...__ .
The trivial nature of the implementation emphasizes that a __case__ statement is not essential to Forth. Those Forth practitioners who pride themselves on how lean and mean their Forth is will find it superfluous. My intent is not to propose this definition of __case__ for standardization; but on the other hand, any further __case__ proposal should be as simple to implement, as portable and as powerful.
!Auxiliary Definitions
You may already have some of these. Your definitions may be different from those shown in Figure 11a. __#BLANK-LINES__ and __?NEW-LINE__ are words peculiar to the application. __#BLANK-LINES__ is a variable counting the number of successive blank lines. __?NEW-LINE__ does a __CR__ when the value of __#BLANK-LINES__ is less than two.
Figure 11b provides definitions for several fundamental Forth words. It also presents a naive version of __NUMBER?__ that ignores details such as sign and punctuation, and is not inĀ­ tended for actual use.
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