Jupiter Ace
Guy Lochhead, 03/08/10
British home computer produced by Jupiter Cantab from 1982-1984. It was unique in that it used FORTH instead of BASIC as its coding language. FORTH was a more compact, higher performing language, and this sort of intelligent decision-making (with, for example, memory allocation) really separated the Ace from its contemporaries. Unfortunately, it originally came in a very weak box, and with small initial memory, which meant it didn’t sell very well; and its professionalism meant that interest didn’t really pick up in the nerdy hack-y way it did with, for example, the ZX Spectrum. It is still of worth however, as its construction is apparently a good thing to study for learning programming, small languages study and cloning. I won’t include it though.

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