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Algol

1960, USA

edgar dijkstra
Edsger Dijkstra et al


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Description

ALGOL

ALGOrithmic Language, released in 1960. A programming language used to express programmes in algorithms. An algorithm is a set of rules which are exactly defined in order to solve a problem in limited steps.

ALGOL-60 was created in the laboratories of IBM and released in 1960

ALGOL-W Released in 1966. ALGOL-W is developed by Niklaus Wirth (Swiss)

ALGOL 58 was released in 1958 and was developed by a committee consisting of various international organizations. The language was originally called IAL, International Algebraic Language. The name later changed to ALGOL, ALGOrithmic Language. The main function of ALGOL was to describe computational processes. Different versions of ALGOL were released, the first ALGOL 58 in 1958, ALGOL 60 in 1960, and lastly ALGOL 68 in 1968.

Specifications

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Chronology

1958 first issue

1966 Algol 66, Algol-W

 

 

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