Real Old School Programming (was: Re: Where to buy a Selectric?)

Bryan Pope bpope at
Fri Dec 30 15:05:33 CST 2005

> >> 
> >> 7.  Barring problems, a few hours later, your deck, etc.  will be delivered
> >> back to your desk with the abend dump that invariably seemed to result.
> >> 
> > 
> > What is "abend"?
> ABnormal END
> Basically, your program crashed for some reason, you could say
> Something like a missing DASD or the wrong volume names could cause it, or
> just an error in programming
> At least, that's what I remember it is, and an abend dump is like a core
> dump or crash dump on your modern system.

Aaah..  Like a SIGSEGV! :)  And you get a memory address which can sometimes 
help locating the problem with the help of your .map file...

> If I'm wrong, please don't hesitate to shoot at the youngster :)

I'll be the youngsterer...



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