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I want to pick up a scripting language for real legacy hardware. It must be compilable for 16-bit. What may suffice?

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What type of os? – Nifle Mar 8 '10 at 8:54
And what do you mean by real legacy hardware (just curious) – Nifle Mar 8 '10 at 8:58
The OS is Minix. It is 80286. – codeholic Mar 8 '10 at 14:59
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I don't know if Forth can be considered a scripting language, but it was born on 16-bit systems and compilers still exist for 16-bit.

There are several downloadable 16-bit Forth compilers on the Forth Compilers Page.

For instance Tom Zimmer's FPC V3.6, Forth (16-bit) for MS-DOS. Download (1.1 MB).

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It very much depends what you mean by 16-bit - what hardware and OS are you meaning?

Assuming that you mean a 16-bit PC platform running MSDOS/DRDOS/FreeDOS/similar then you could try 4DOS which replaces and adds, amongst many useful features, additional constructs to batch file processing.

I've not used it since the early/mid 90s, but the wikipedia page suggests it is still going and there is a free version that can be used with FreeDOS.

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