John Backus passes away...

Bryan Pope bpope at
Thu Mar 22 07:49:55 CDT 2007

And thusly were the wise words spake by Ethan Dicks
> On 3/21/07, Chuck Guzis <cclist at> wrote:
> > On 22 Mar 2007 at 0:17, Tony Duell wrote:
> > > ... And for that matter the Commodore PET (I know
> > > the SuperPET had such a compiler), the C64, etc.
> >
> > How many of the above would run *any* type of compile-to-machine-
> > language HLL compiler?  Most of the BASICs were tokenized and
> > interpreted.
> There was a C compiler for the C-64.  It was terrible and slow, but it
> did do small programs.  There were also BASIC compilers, but they
> weren't terribly fashionable.  Mostly folks programmed in interpreted
> BASIC or assembler on those platforms (though there _was_ a push for a
> while for a language named COMAL, but I avoided it).

Commodore also released PILOT for the C-64.. 



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