Re: backup archive format saved to disk
On Thu, Dec 07, 2006 at 05:23:16PM -0600, Ron Johnson wrote:
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> On 12/07/06 11:26, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> > Did you ever write any code in the 1970's that can't be run any more?
> > I did.
> Shame on you for not writing in a portable language. Go COBOL!!!
I actually did my non-surviving code in assembler for the IBM 1620, a
decimal machine. I believe I had a Fortran II compiler available --
that was in the days before Fortran had been standardized.
In the 70's I wrote most of an Algol 68 compiler in Algol W. The intent
was to rewrite it in Algol 68 when it was done. Conversion would
probably be done (mostly) mechanically, but funding ran out shortly
before the first comnpiler was quite finished.
I looked at it again a few years ago -- some bit rot has occurred in
the lexical analyser, but most of it is still readable.