Algol & MTS / was Re: Bootstrappable language
Paul_Koning at Dell.com
Thu Dec 11 15:51:27 CST 2008
>>>>> "Brent" == Brent Hilpert <hilpert at cs.ubc.ca> writes:
Brent> We were taught Algol in 1st year Comp Sci, I quite liked it
Brent> (except for the verbosity of "BEGIN"-"END") for it's
Brent> regularity, but that may have something to do with it being
Brent> the first structured language I experienced (various
Brent> assemblers and BASICs prior). Waterloo version - I believe it
Brent> was something near Algol 68, running in batch (cards) under
Near Algol-68? Hm. Algol-68 was a pretty rare beast, and quite
thoroughly different from Algol-60. Much harder to implement, too.
(Then again... I have alisting -- tech report -- of an Algol-68
interpreter written in Algol-60. Maybe I should scan that one?)
Brent> PASCAL was used in 2nd year - seemed like a step backwards.
Hm, I wouldn't have said that. Did a bunch in Algol-60 (my first
language, too) and some years later in Pascal, having traveled through
Fortran and Basic and PL/I in between. I would say Pascal is every
bit as good as Algol-60 -- a few missing things added, and a few
mistakes removed. Both have sane syntax, quite unlike the absurdities
of C, or (almost but not quite as bad) PL/I.
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