State of New Jersey needs COBOL programmers

Tomasz Rola rtomek at
Thu Apr 16 15:06:43 CDT 2020

On Sun, Apr 05, 2020 at 01:20:09PM -0700, Fred Cisin via cctalk wrote:
> well, close.
> His BASIC quote is:
> "It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students
> that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers
> they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration."
> Here is one copy of his 1975 paper, "How Do We Tell Truths That
> Might Hurt":
> I don't know what language(s), if any, that he liked.

Perhaps this quote will help:

   (...) The Burroughs ALGOL compiler was very fast — this impressed
   the Dutch scientist Edsger Dijkstra when he submitted a program to
   be compiled at the B5000 Pasadena plant. His deck of cards was
   compiled almost immediately and he immediately wanted several
   machines for his university, Eindhoven University of Technology in
   the Netherlands. The compiler was fast for several reasons, but the
   primary reason was that it was a one-pass compiler. Early computers
   did not have enough memory to store the source code, so compilers
   (and even assemblers) usually needed to read the source code more
   than once. The Burroughs ALGOL syntax, unlike the official
   language, requires that each variable (or other object) be declared
   before it is used, so it is feasible to write an ALGOL compiler
   that reads the data only once. This concept has profound
   theoretical implications, but it also permits very fast
   compiling. Burroughs large systems could compile as fast as they
   could read the source code from the punched cards, and they had the
   fastest card readers in the industry.

(from: )

Whatever he liked, it looks that he optimised for speed of

Tomasz Rola

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