Re: Languages from the 1950s

"Robin Vowels" <robin51@dodo.com.au>
Thu, 2 Apr 2020 13:05:04 +1100

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From: "Robin Vowels" <robin51@dodo.com.au>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2020 13:05:04 +1100
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> It seems to me that there were a lot of machine specific
> low-level languages, about at the assembly level, before the
> machines were big enough to run compilers.


Even very early machines were capable of running compilers.


The DEUCE (1955), which had a high-speed memory of 384 words
ran ALGOL, ALPHACODE, and GEORGE.


For GEORGE there was both a compiler and an interpreter.
ALPHACODE was a compiler.
OTMH, ALGOL also was a compiler.


DEUCE was the production verion of the pilot ACE, so it would have
been possible to run a compiler on it, though whether any was
I do not know, though both pilot ACE and DEUCE were operating
concurrently.


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