silicium wrote:Does anybody know APL? I heard once about it from a retired mechanical engineering business owner who used it before the age of graphics CAD.
Funny you should mention that ... I had APL/2 for a while, played with it a little. APL will do graphical CAD, there was a guy who was creating spiral bevel surfaces with APL, must have been about 1990 ? And there is an Irix version of APL also, came from Morgan-Stanley I believe. I have it somewhere if you can't find it. Interesting system. Does it still hold the record for "most undecipherable code ever" ?
Irix binaries for Morgan-Stanley's A+
are available at http://www.aplusdev.org/Download/index.html;
the source [compiles nicely] can be downloaded as well.
In the late 1970s I worked for both of the then most important APL providers, I. P. Sharp Sharp APL
and STSC APL*PLUS
, and at my next working place IBM's APL2
- not APL/2
- was used until the mid-1990s when C was taking over slowly.
BTW, I still have the IBM PC APL2 version running on my HP 200LX - not the fastest thing around, but possibly the smallest APL machine there is
Regarding "most undecipherable code ever" - of course, I'm biased, but I'd much more difficulties with J, though...