Architectural diversity - was Re: Pair of Twiggys
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Sun Mar 19 14:36:57 CDT 2017
> On Mar 19, 2017, at 2:36 PM, Chuck Guzis via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> Still, vendors kept extending their FORTRAN IVs. I think I remarked on
> a CDC syntactic extension that resulted in the ability to write an
> ambiguous statement, with no clear way to resolve the meaning.
I'm reminded of a T-shirt sold while I was in college (mid 1970s) with this text:
I looked that up in Messages and Codes, found a pointer to the IBM COBOL messages manual, where I found this message text: "Questionable use of parentheses accepted with doubts as to meaning". So I think CDC was not alone in that bad practice.
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