Subject: Re: Theory #51 (superior(?) programming languages)
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: 1997/01/21
Newsgroups: comp.arch,comp.lang.lisp,comp.lang.scheme
Message-ID: <5c1ihq$>

John  Bayko <> wrote:
|     Basically, C was the first high level language that was low level
| enough to be useful, getting rid of the conventional abstractions that
| got in the way.

Hah! The BLISS language was availabe to non-DEC users long before C was
available to non-AT&T users, had all the usual arithmetic operators, had
no I/O built into the language, a much nicer bit-twiddling structure system,
a *much* nicer macro system, and nicer/cleaner hooks for connecting to
other languages and environments (e.g., you could explicitly declare a
procedure to use "LINKAGE INTERRUPT", neat for writing drivers). And the
code quality of the BLISS-11 compiler [a couple of years after BLISS-10]
was far, *far* better than any C compiler would achieve for more than a
decade to come. But being proprietary to DEC hardware killed it...


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