Self modifying code, lambda calculus - Re: ENIAC programming

Paul Koning paulkoning at
Mon Sep 21 16:58:17 CDT 2015

> On Sep 21, 2015, at 5:33 PM, Chuck Guzis <cclist at> wrote:
> On 09/21/2015 01:37 PM, Dave G4UGM wrote:
>> I wrote X.25 software in Fortran:-(. We had some machine specific
>> routines to allow the Fortran code to wait for a packet to arrive.
>> There was also a huge vector of strings with matching integer arrays
>> that allowed them to be chained together, and to have types allocated
>> to them There were also a large number of "INCLUDE" files with a
>> parameters which defined the structure of data stored in the
>> character vectors....
> PASCAL was first implemented in FORTRAN.

Really?  I find it hard to imagine that Wirth would use Fortran for a compiler.  Never mind his background in structured languages -- writing a compiler in Fortran is just much harder.  Not as hard as writing one in COBOL, but still...


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