[TUHS] History of m6?

Dave Horsfall dave at horsfall.org
Tue Nov 12 08:58:58 AEST 2019

On Mon, 11 Nov 2019, Theodore Y. Ts'o wrote:

> On Mon, Nov 11, 2019 at 11:10:26PM +0200, Arnold Robbins wrote:
>> I guess I'll also ask, how widespread was the use of macro processors
>> in high level languages?  They were big for assembler, and PL/1 had
>> a macro language, but I don't know of any other contemporary languages
>> that had them.  Were the general purpose macro processors used a lot?
>> E.g. with Fortran or Cobol or ...

Late trivia: it's PL/I, not PL/1; rumour has it that IBM trademarked them 
all up to PL/C i.e. PL/100...

> Well, there's Ratfor (Rational Fortran), which was implemented as a 
> preprocessor in front of Fortran.  I don't think it was used a lot, 
> though....

I think I used it once, on the principle that I'll try anything once; 

-- Dave

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