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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 17 Number 1 -- Happenings

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Original Publication Date: 1995-Apr-30
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GEOFFREY BOWKER: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The Happenings department reports on past, present, and future events of interest to the history of computing. These events include conferences, appropriate sessions from meetings, exhibits, projects, awards, publications, collections, general memorabilia, and important dates in the history of computing. Contributions to the department are encouraged and should consist of a description or report of the event, highlighting its specific relevance.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

Copyright ©; 1995 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Happenings

GEOFFREY BOWKER, EDITOR

The Happenings department reports on past, present, and future events of interest to the history of computing. These events include conferences, appropriate sessions from meetings, exhibits, projects, awards, publications, collections, general memorabilia, and important dates in the history of computing.

Contributions to the department are encouraged and should consist of a description or report of the event, highlighting its specific relevance.

The Retrocomputing Museum -- A Valor New Mosaic/WWW Source for the History of Computing

The following report was submitted by Eric Raymond, the keeper of the Jargon File and editor of The New Hacker's Dictionary (esr@locke.ccil.org). The Retrocomputing Museum can be found at the following URL: http://www.ccil.org/retro/retromuseum.html. You can download an all- ASCII version of the catalog as ftp:// ftp.ccil.org/-ftp/pub/retro/READ.ME.

The Retrocomputing Museum is dedicated to programs that induce sensations that hover somewhere between nostalgia and nausea. Our exhibits include many languages, some machine emulators, and a few games. Most are living history -- environments that were once important but are now merely antiques. A few never previously existed except as thought experiments or jokes. Most, we hope, convey the hacker spirit -- and if not that, then a hint of what life was like back when programmers were real men. The museum site is locke.ccil.org:pub/retro. The curators of the museum are Eric S. Raymond (esr@snark.thyrsus.com) and John Cowan (cowan@locke.ccil.org). See Eric's offer in the file Charter for more about the kinds of things we build and collect. If you've visited before, check out the "what's new" and "coming soon" sections. You too can contribute to the museum! If you think something belongs here, tell us about it. Take a look at our want list of things we're looking for. Finally, you can look at a list of related resources.

Languages.

All these packages include documentation and example programs.

algol-60 -- An interpreter for Algol-60, the common ancestor of C, Pascal, Algol-68, Modula, and most other conventional languages that aren't Basic, Fortran, or Cobol. Correctly described by Edsger Dijkstra (one of its co-designers) as "a great improvement on many of its successors." This distribution includes TeX source for the Algol-60 Report.

cfoogol -- A compiler for a very, very tiny subset of Algol (no procedures, even). More a demonstration on how to write a recursive descent parser than anything else. Generates stupid but portable C code.

IEEE Computer Society, Apr 30, 1995 Page 1 IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 17 Number 1, Pages 54-61

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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 17 Number 1 -- Happenings

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