Pascal not considered harmful - was Re: Rich kids are into COBOL

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Thu Feb 19 20:43:38 CST 2015

On 02/19/2015 06:33 PM, Mark Green wrote:
> I started using Pascal on CDC 6000 series machines.  At that point in time
> the other languages that were widely available on CDC hardware were Fortran
> and assembler.  Within a year or so we dropped assembler as our main systems
> language and switched to Pascal.  Pretty much everything we could do in
> assembler we could do in Pascal in fewer lines of source code.  Writing
> efficient assembler on CDC machines was not particularly easy and the Pascal
> compiler generated fairly good code, so we saw little performance
> difference.

Scott Moore has a good site on the Zurich compilers:

I found a P4 copy on a NOS 1.3 tape that I was converting for someone 
and contributed the source to his collection.


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