ISWIM/Python/Haskell - Re: Rich kids are into COBOL
toby at telegraphics.com.au
Sat Feb 28 10:24:01 CST 2015
On 28/02/15 9:01 AM, Paul Koning wrote:
>> On Feb 28, 2015, at 6:02 AM, Johnny Billquist <bqt at update.uu.se> wrote:
>> And here I was sitting, thinking they all originated with Algol…
> They did, of course; Algol after all is the first block structured
language, and most block structured languages since then copied its
approach to name and data scope. (Not all; for example, Python has scope
rules that are noticeably different.)
Python's lexical blocks follow the "offside rule" (as do Haskell's).
This rule was originally described by Peter Landin in his 1966 paper
"The Next 700 Programming Languages". (Wikipedia has more on ISWIM and
the offside rule.)
> Then there was Algol 68, ...
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