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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>What is Algol?

Algol is short for Algorithmic Language. This is a set of programming languages that found their application in the period between the 1950s and the 1980s. The variants Algorithmic Language 60, 68 and W were available.

Algol 60 – Algorithmic Language 60

This programming language was developed between 1958 and 1963. The number 60 stands for the year 1960, in which the Algorithmic Language was almost finished. The possible applications were very diverse, because with the introduction of the Algorithmic Language 60 the exact definition of language properties began. The programming language was characterized by a simple and clear language. Contrary to the prevailing trend at the time, it prescribed runtime checks.

Algol 68 – Algorithmic Language 68

This is a further development of Algorithmic Language 60. Although a wide range of applications was to be defined, the representation of algorithms was a special focus. Completeness and clarity distinguished this programming language.

Algol W – Algorithmic Language W

The Algorithmic Language W is also a further development of the Algorithmic Language 60. Bit chains, complex numbers and compound data types with pointers were added. The ideas of Algol W later formed the basis for the programming language PASCAL.

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