A Programming Language
A language designed originally by Ken Iverson at Harvard University in 1957-1960 as a notation for the concise expression of mathematical algorithms. It went unnamed (or just called Iverson's Language) and unimplemented for many years. Finally a subset, APL\360, was implemented in 1964.
ISO 8485 is the 1989 standard defining the language.
See also: Kamin's interpreters.
Dijkstra said that APL was a language designed to perfection - in the wrong direction.
["A Programming Language", Kenneth E. Iverson, Wiley, 1962].
["APL: An Interactive Approach", 1976].
(01 Sep 2004)
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