Bliss was Re: DEC program listing

John Foust jfoust at threedee.com
Mon Aug 15 11:42:26 CDT 2005


At 11:15 AM 8/15/2005, Vintage Computer Festival wrote:
>I fail to see how i = i + 1 is not obvious to only but the most
>simple-minded of people :)

It's not algebra, so that'll confuse anyone who thought that
computer languages might be mathematical.  Huw's criticism is
valid to the well-trained eye.  It's an idiom that's evolved, 
based on the common operation of calculating a value based on 
a stored value and then tossing it back in a location.  

To wit, compare and contrast with BLISS's and C's code to add 
one to a memory address stored in a location.

- John




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