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Difference between pocket computer and programmable calculator?
09-07-2022, 08:29 PM
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RE: Difference between pocket computer and programmable calculator?
(09-07-2022 08:09 PM)Guenter Schink Wrote:  I think there's no IEEE standard for distinction of pocket computers vs. programmable calculators. Wink
The HP41 left aside I'd suggest a programmable calculator in general is confined to key-stroke programs whereas the pocket computer is programmed in a language (e.g.Basic) although many have short cut keys, but that's only short cuts.

The 41 can be programmed in assembly language and in Forth, with the right modules, from its own keyboard. I myself have not gotten into assembly or Forth on the 41 (only lots of synthetic programming). I suspect Forth was done just to show that it could be, or to scratch an itch; because the 41 is not very conducive to Forth.

http://WilsonMinesCo.com  (Lots of HP-41 links at the bottom of the links page, at http://wilsonminesco.com/links.html#hp41 )
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RE: Difference between pocket computer and programmable calculator? - Garth Wilson - 09-07-2022 08:29 PM



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