Rich kids are into COBOL

Johnny Billquist bqt at
Sat Feb 28 05:02:37 CST 2015

On 2015-02-28 00:19, Dave G4UGM wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: cctalk [mailto:cctalk-bounces at] On Behalf Of Eric Smith
>> Sent: 27 February 2015 19:53
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>> Subject: Re: Rich kids are into COBOL
>> On Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 11:27 AM, Chuck Guzis <cclist at> wrote:
>>> It seems to me to be very strange that today we're coding in a
>>> language that was developed for a PDP-11 minicomputer.
>> Developed for the PDP-7, actually.  Contrary to popular belief, the "++" and
>> "--" operators were NOT the result of the PDP-11 addressing modes.
> Its history is deeper than that. Its part of a family of bracketed languages that started with BCPL which became "B" and then "C".  BCPL was written for the IBM7090.

And here I was sitting, thinking they all originated with Algol...


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