I remember colleagues competing for the most 'interesting' one-liner in APL that
actually did something useful, in university.
I wrote several different kinds of simulator, one of which generated APL code on the fly
that was then executed... plus a database-or-two.
I've been actively collecting APL memorabilia and books for years now... if I could
find an MCM/70 it would be awesome...
From: "cctalk" <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
To: "cctalk" <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
Sent: Thursday, January 14, 2021 6:22:39 PM
Subject: Re: APL\360
On 1/14/21 5:44 PM, Paul Koning via cctalk wrote:
I was just poking around the computerhistory.org
website, searching for Knuth stuff.
The second or third hit when I search for "Knuth" is this one:
. It's not
just about APL, it actually has a downloadable copy of the source code. And it points to
an executable version, apparently a packaged up Hercules running that code.
Nice. I'll have to give it a try.
I recall Neil Lincoln (he of CDC/ETA) relating that he taught APL to his
kids and his wife (APL was pretty much a natural for the STAR) as a
first programming language.
I took some time to learn it fairly well, but never really had any
opportunity to use it much, so it's gone into the memory dustbin of old
never-used languages of my brain.
A co-worker back when would never use the name of the book or the
abbreviation. He always referred to it as "that Iverson language" or
And it's comparatively easy to write short, perfectly opaque code in
APL; probably more so than other common languages.