Reply to post: Re: Algol 68 is not ALGOL 60

ALGOL 60 at 60: The greatest computer language you've never used and grandaddy of the programming family tree


Re: Algol 68 is not ALGOL 60

The problem with ALGOL-68 was that when Wirth's ALGOL-W was rejected he threw his toys out of the pram and resigned from the committee. If he'd stayed but voted against the proposed standard than it's likely that a majority of the committee would have followed his lead... it was basically Wirth+Hoare vs van Wijngaarden and a number of his students whom he'd coopted.

And what exactly McCarthy was doing there is unclear, since he'd already abandoned ALGOL for Lisp.


POST COMMENT House rules

Not a member of The Register? Create a new account here.

  • Enter your comment

  • Add an icon

Anonymous cowards cannot choose their icon

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2021