On 2019, Feb 15, at 1:46 AM, Bakul Shah
On Feb 14, 2019, at 10:08 PM, Dave Horsfall <dave(a)horsfall.org> wrote:
Born on this day in 1934, he pretty much invented ALGOL (and algorithmic languages in
general; the running joke was that you could call him by name or by value)... From Clem
Cole: "The actual joke was Europeans called him by name ("ni-klaus vurt")
and Americans by value ("nickel-less worth").
Niklaus Wirth did come up with Algol-W, based on Algol-60 but he
didn't invent Algol-58 or Algol-60 or Algol-68; though he was on
the IFIP Working Group 2.1 for Algol (IIRC, he thought Algol-68
was overly complicated).
BTW, Niklaus Wirth himself supposedly made this self-referential joke:
“Whereas Europeans generally pronounce my name the right way
(‘Nick-louse Veert’), Americans invariably mangle it into
‘Nickel’s Worth.’ This is to say that Europeans call me by
name, but Americans call me by value.”
[I haven't found a primary source for this but lots of secondary
sources and variations!]
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In addition to Algol-W and Pascal. Niklaus Wirth also developed Modula-2 and Oberon.
Oberon is particularly interesting because it included a language, an operating system,
and a computer. There aren’t that many folks who could build a complete environmnet from
A good bit of the Oberon work was done by Jurg Gutknecht but it is nevertheless an
impressive achievement. In 2013, Wirth put out a rebooted system running on an FPGA.