Re: Jensen Device (Richard Weaver)
30 Mar 1998 21:41:11 -0500

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From: (Richard Weaver)
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 30 Mar 1998 21:41:11 -0500
Organization: Compilers Central
Keywords: algol60 writes:
>3. Could someone provide me with a reference to the paper, in which Jensen's
> device was first described? Is this paper written by Mr. Jensen himself,
> or by someone else?
>4. Who is Mr. Jensen, when and how he discovered his famous "device"?

In "Description of Algol 60", Heinz Rutishauser, Springer-Verlag,
1967, section 52 of Appendix A is "The Jensen Device". Footnote 1,
page 248 says only "Proposed in 1960 by J. Jensen of the
Regnecentralen, Copenhagen".

An early paper is "An implementation of Algol 60 procedures",
Nord. Tidskr. Inform.-Behand. 1,1, pp.38-47. Jensen, J and Naur,
P. 1961. However, I do not know if this paper includes a description
of the "Jensen device".

Dick W

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