Re: The History of the ALGOL Effort

Peter Ludemann <p_ludemann@yahoo.com>
29 Aug 2006 22:44:01 -0400

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From: Peter Ludemann <p_ludemann@yahoo.com>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 29 Aug 2006 22:44:01 -0400
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 06-08-082 06-08-086 06-08-105
Keywords: algol60

On 8/17/2006 10:10 PM, Jürgen Kahrs wrote:
[snip]


> [Well, yeah, I actually used Algol W in about 1970, although I preferred
> PL360, the Algol-syntax assembler he wrote to implement Algol W. -John]


I found these references:
      http://www.fh-jena.de/~kleine/history/history.html (Algol-W and PL360)
      http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node=Algol%20W


One of the nice properties of the PL360 compiler is that it could
compile a program, produce a listing, and cross-references faster than
IBM's IEBPTPCH utility could produce only a listing.


PL360 and Algol-W were used in teaching at the University of British
Columbia (UBC) in the mid-70s, so I wouldn't be surprised if there
exist somewhere archives of the compilers at one or more of the MTS
(Michigan Terminal System) sites. https://www.spi.org/db1980.html
mentions "MTS The Michigan Terminal System Volume 16: ALGOL W in MTS"
(Salisbury, Richard A; General Editor) Also, some grad students at UBC
extended PL360 with macros, which made it into a rather nice language
-- and there may be a research report about that.


As a separate question, has anyone run across the language "Mary"? (I
think that's the name) ... it was PL360-ish, but with more of an
Algol-68 flavour, and - if I recall correctly - would have been a worthy
competitor to C++. I think it was written up in SIGPLAN Notices in the
70s, but I've long ago lost my old journals.


- peter ludemann
[I poked around a little and found some working copies of pl360. Working,
that is, if you have a simulated MVT or MVS system to run it on. -John]



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