Data formats was Re: Rescue of data from Pioneer 10 & 11 tapesatJPL needed.Vintagecomputers slated for demolition.
pkoning at equallogic.com
Fri Jun 10 12:50:08 CDT 2005
>>>>> "Antonio" == Antonio Carlini <a.carlini at ntlworld.com> writes:
Antonio> Paul Koning wrote:
>> longer in current use, like Jovial or Algol or Bliss. Then
Antonio> In which sense is BLISS not in current use? I know most
Antonio> _new_ stuff that OpenVMS Engineering do is now in C, but
Antonio> there must be plenty of maintenance etc. happening in BLISS!
Antonio> I'm sure I still have an Algol compilr for OpenVMS
Antonio> somewhere. While Algol has probably fallen out of use, I
Antonio> expect that there are still plenty of people who would crawl
Antonio> out of the woodwork to help!
Antonio> I'll leave Jovial for someone else to defend :-)
Sure. None of those are completely gone. All of them are languages
for which there are few platforms, and (at least for Bliss and Algol)
severe portability issues. In Bliss that's by design; in Algol it is
because there are lots of incompabile ways to add necessary features
-- like I/O -- to an otherwise very portable but impractical
Then there are "high level" languages like Sympl, or worse yet, Cybil,
which work on any machine you might like so long as it's a CDC Cyber
70/170 family member...
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