Re: Languages from the 1950s

"Derek M. Jones" <derek@_NOSPAM_knosof.co.uk>
Wed, 1 Apr 2020 17:35:01 +0100

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From: "Derek M. Jones" <derek@_NOSPAM_knosof.co.uk>
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Robin,


> A programming manual c. 1958 for GEORGE:
>
> http://members.iinet.net.au/~dgreen/deuce/GEORGEProgrammingManual.pdf


Thanks for this. The names of languages are easy to find, but manuals
describing them are hard to find (added you link to the Deuce Wikipedia page).


One of the uses of language manuals is in working out when language features
first started being used.


For instance, Lisp seems to be the first to use garbage collection. But in the
world of tiny memory there might be an earlier language that garbage collected.


--
Derek M. Jones
blog:shape-of-code.coding-guidelines.com
[Remember that in that era even stack allocation of local variables wasn't
well understood. I gather it came as a surprise to many that
Algol60's recursion and memory allocation were easy to implement. I
would expect any dynamic allocation to have been extremely ad-hoc
-John]


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