[Haskell-cafe] Is Haskell a 5GL?

Bill Wood william.wood3 at comcast.net
Mon Sep 25 12:17:56 EDT 2006

On Mon, 2006-09-25 at 16:50 +0200, Jerzy Karczmarczuk wrote:
   . . .
> (For the CDC mainframes the assembly language was called Compass
> [Comprehensive Assembler]. It was a 7648764GL. You could program
> in it almost like in Lisp thanks to some very exquisite macros,
> and add another set of macros which performed some type checking
> and optimized the register allocation. People who used it got
> famous (as M. Veltman, Nobel prize in physics), or got mad.)

And there was something exquisitely perverse about writing Compass
programs as Fortran subroutines so you could avoid writing IO in
Peripheral Processor code.

 -- Bill Wood

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