Fourth bubble MicroHistory project
Tuesday, 11. September 2001
PL/1

Programming language, mighty descendant of algol.

Dijkstra has this to say of PL/1
"Using PL/1 must be like flying a plane with 7, 000 buttons, switches and handles to manipulate in the cockpit. I absolutely fail to see how we can keep our growing programs firmly within our intellectual grip when by its sheer baroqueness the programming language - our basic tool mind you! - already escapes our intellectual control."

"Another lesson we should have learned from the recent past is that development
of "richer" or "more powerful" programming languages was a mistake in the sense that these baroque onstrosities, these conglomerations of idiosyncrasies, are really unmanageable both mechanically and mentally."

* E.W. Dijkstra, The humble programmer CACM Vol 15 No 18 Oct 1972

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