Forth is a stack-based computer programming language and programming environment.
One advantage of Forth and Interpreted Languages such as Arduino Basic over the Development Tools Arduino IDE (C++ language) is that Forth can be used as a shell to interactively execute commands, gradually grow a program, and immediately test subroutines by running them directly.
Currently Forth is the only programming language that compiles and runs on the Arduino. I.e., the Forth compiler is currently the only compiler that runs in the ATmega328 on the Arduino. (The Arduino C++ compiler runs on a laptop or other "big" computer).
FIXME: review the following Forth implementations, and indicate which ones are highly experimental and only useful to people interested in writing compilers, and which ones are stable enough to be usable for people who want to write Forth code for the Arduino.
In no particular order:
"328eForth for Arduino" (has a comparison of the differences between AmForth and 328eForth).
"PFAVR -- An ANS Forth Implementation for the Atmel AVR". Andrew Sterian. GPL. requires 13Kwords of FLASH (the ATmega328 has 32 KB Flash) and 32Kbytes of external RAM. (Would a Spi RAM work?).
"discussion of a Forth cross-compiler" has a few ideas for developing an AVR Forth cross-compiler that supports "ISRs in Forth", closures (sometimes called quotations or lambda functions), etc.
(Wasn't there another Forth for the Arduino that is missing from this list?)