Re: great improvement over its successors

"M Raw" <>
21 Jul 1999 00:16:05 -0400

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From: "M Raw" <>
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Date: 21 Jul 1999 00:16:05 -0400
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 99-07-058
Keywords: history

    darcy@moa.CS.Berkeley.EDU (Joseph D. Darcy) wrote:

> C. A. Hoare published this pithy comment about ALGOL 60, "Here is a
> language so far ahead of its time, that it was not only an improvement
> on its predecessors, but also on on nearly all its successors."
> Unfortunately, I don't have an exact citation handy; the paper was
> reprinted in at least one edition of "Programming Languages A Grand
> Tour." This series of books are compilations of programming language
> papers and language specifications judged noteworthy.

"Hints on Programming Language Design" appeared in a collection
of Hoare's essays but is also available on the web at


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