dwight@pentasoft.com (Dwight VandenBerghe)
30 Nov 1997 22:57:11 -0500

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From: dwight@pentasoft.com (Dwight VandenBerghe)
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 30 Nov 1997 22:57:11 -0500
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Keywords: legal, assembler, history

I just took a look at the website www.terse.com, and the language
described there looks a lot like the old Whitesmiths A-Natural
assembler. Bill Plauger invented it in the late 70's as a replacement
for mnemonic-oriented assembler, and used it as the output of his
Whitesmiths C compiler. Looks to me like Neil copied the design
making a few minor changes, and is trying to prevent you from doing
the same.

It's easy to write a processor for it. I wrote one called A-Sharp
which included the Z-80 instruction set as well as the 8085, and sold
it with my altered version of Plauger's compiler through the

Neil hasn't a leg to stand on. One could take the original A-Natural
spec to court and show that he copied it.

[This is way off the topic, I'm ending this thread. But the historical
reference is certainly interesting. -John]


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