Gerard Schildberger can be reached at e-mail: [email protected]
|My Favorite Languages|
|ACP and PARS||now decrepit|
|ALGOL 68||rusted shut|
|APL||wrote two programs, can't read 'em|
|BASIC (other flavors)||so so|
|Fortran||was good, now rusty|
|GPSS||ok, mostly forgotten|
|IBM assembler and macros||proficient|
|JOVIAL||used it thrice|
|Kingston FORTRAN II||proficient|
|PL/I||good to gooder|
|Snobol||was ok, but non-functional|
|SQL||not so good anymore|
|Viatron FORTRAN IV||very good|
ACP and PARS ─── I was part of the team that first implemented the Passenger Airline Reservation System for a hotel/motel business ─── a motel room is just a huge seat (chair) with a bed, alarm clock, TV, ice bucket, and a personal bathroom with soap and towels, ··· but doesn't fly anywhere.
APL still bemuses me.
BPL (Basic Programming Language) was a Honeywell subset of the PL/I language (I was one of a dozen or so programmers/authors).
HPL (Honeywell Programming Language) was a subset of PL/I (similar to above) and was to be used for Honeywell's new computer (code name unknown) ─── it was never built, but from what I could glean from the specs, it would have used HPL as it's native [machine] language and seemed to have some of the characteristics of IBM's FS system (and apparently, suffered the same fate).
Kingston FORTRAN II (locally called FORTRAN 2.5) was for the IBM 1620 with a lot of FORTRAN IV capability.
Viatron FORTRAN IV was the FORTRAN compiler for the Viatron home computer (I was one of the CUC authors of the compiler and libraries; CUC was the Computer Usage Company, at that time, the oldest software company in the USA) and had it's fingers in writing some of the routines for IBM's TSS, which enabled CUC to write the first non─IBM book on writhing/coding assembler for the IBM/360.