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OT: PL/I was Re: Please welcome . . .

From:Jeff Jones <jeffsjones@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 16, 2003, 9:05
On Mon, 15 Dec 2003 21:18:25 -0500, Ph. D. <phild@...> wrote:

>Mark J. Reed wrote: >> >> Ph. D. wrote: >> > >> > PL/I allows negative subscripts. (The full standard, not the subset >> > standard.) >> >> Didn't know that. But what standard? I thought PL/I was an IBM >> proprietary language.
The original IBM version was called PL/1 (IIRC), which they trademarked. According to rumor, they also trademarked PL/2 through PL/99, just in case.
>There is an ANSI standard for PL/I dating from the late 1960s. >In the 1970s, ANSI published a subset standard for use on >minicomputers which eliminated the lesser-used and hard-to- >implement parts of the full standard. > >PL/I was implemented by a number of manufacturers. I have >used it on a Univac 1110 mainframe
Did the programs actually ever run??? Or the compiler for that matter! I much preferred FORTRAN or assembler on the 1100 (or Pascal when it became available). Jeff
> and Data General >minicomputers. There were several versions available for the >IBM PC, but I don't know if any are still supported. > >--Ph. D.