Short works

Books : reviews

Alan F. T. Winfield.
The Complete FORTH.
Sigma. 1983

FORTH is a new, unusual and exciting computer language. Originally developed to control telescopes, it has since been applied in many diverse fields including the animation sequences for ‘Star Wars’.

FORTH is a compact and fast language: faster than BASIC yet more flexible. It is more than just a language: it is a programming language, editor, assembler and disk operating system all rolled into one. In short, a complete ‘environment’. This book describes the standard dialect of FORTH, together with numerous examples, exercises and complete programs. Read it—you’ll never use BASIC again!

Susan Stepney, Fiona Polack, Kieran Alden, Paul S. Andrews, James Bown, Alastair Droop, Richard B. Greaves, Mark N. Read, Adam T. Sampson, Jonathan Timmis, Alan F. T. Winfield.
Engineering Simulations as Scientific Instruments: a pattern language.
Springer. 2018

(read but not reviewed)

This book describes CoSMoS (Complex Systems Modelling and Simulation), a pattern-based approach to engineering trustworthy simulations that are both scientifically useful to the researcher and scientifically credible to third parties. This approach emphasises three key aspects to this development of a simulation as a scientific instrument: the use of explicit models to capture the scientific domain, the engineered simulation platform, and the experimental results of running simulations; the use of arguments to provide evidence that the scientific instrument is fit for purpose; and the close co-working of domain scientists and simulation software engineers.

In Part I the authors provide a managerial overview: the rationale for and benefits of using the CoSMoS approach, and a small worked example to demonstrate it in action. Part II is a catalogue of the core patterns. Part III lists more specific “helper” patterns, showing possible routes to a simulation. Finally Part IV documents CellBranch, a substantial case study developed using the CoSMoS approach.