|Languages From Hell -- your favorite one could walk again! esr@Netaxs.com (1994-09-18)|
|Languages from Hell email@example.com (1994-09-26)|
|From:||firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeff Zurkow)|
|Organization:||Channel 1(R) 617-864-0100 Info|
|Date:||Mon, 26 Sep 1994 22:51:32 GMT|
>Preference will be given to languages spoken of only in horrified
The ultimate horror: IBM's JCL. In "Computer Lib" (1974, revised 1987)
Ted Nelson comments:
Some Call It Despicable.
Some Call It Home.
Despite the name, Autocoder was just an assembler.
>How about Magic/L? It's an incrementally compiled/interpreted language
>that combines the worst features of every language and adds a couple of
If I remember correctly, Magic/L (pronounced "Magical") was Arnold
Epstein's attempt to make Forth look like language rather than a
religion. It was probably derived from STOIC, a public-domain derivative
of Forth written by Jonathan Sachs at the Harvard/MIT biomedical
enginerring laboratory. Jonathan, incidentally, went on to write Lotus 1
I think I've got a Magic/L manual (hardcopy) around, if GLS is
interested. But I'm not sure that syntax-free languages (ie. Forth
derivatives) are really candidates for retro-compilers in the same sense
as Algol, MAD, etc.
[Autocoder may have been an assembler, but that didn't prevent a lot of
vendors from selling autocoder-to-Cobol translators. -John]
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