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To: general_re
How quickly we forget John Backus's important and independent work in formal languages ;)

Yeah, but...to quote a biography of Backus,

After FORTRAN, Backus turned his focus to other elements of computer programming. In 1959, he developed a notation called the Backus-Naur Form.
What a difference it would have made had it been the other way around! (DO 100 I = 1.10, anyone?)
31 posted on 09/12/2002 7:47:58 AM PDT by jejones
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To: jejones
What a difference it would have made had it been the other way around!

Ah, but you see, that's the mark of true intelligence - learning from one's mistakes. Unlike Chomsky, who's been making the same mistakes for thirty years now ;)

32 posted on 09/12/2002 7:54:22 AM PDT by general_re
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