jonny goes to england

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Algol 68

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I found this book in a bookshelf in my office:

A book on Algol 68, published 1978 — exactly 30 years ago. Algol is a programming language which builds the root for most modern, mainstream programming languages today. What is the most shocking about this book is that the table of contents reads pretty much exactly like one of a modern book: Basic concepts, input/output (called transput in Algol 68),syntactic elements,dining philosophers as example program and even parallel processing.

Browsing through the book makes me realise how little really changed in 30 years of programming language research (of course things changed, but conceptually it’s still the same).

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Written by jk

April 25, 2008 at 10:36 am

Posted in english

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  1. This is the cool. The book is already now a part of history, let alone in, say, 50 years or so.

    My oldest computer language book is a Smalltalk/V book from 1986. It’s also very cute, in a hard technical kind of way.

    Slinky

    May 1, 2008 at 2:22 pm

  2. If you have scan for this boot – send me hdc2008@inbox.com. You don’t make soft – I am make.

    andrey

    October 31, 2009 at 6:50 pm


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