[TUHS] Happy birthday, John Backus!

Toby Thain toby at telegraphics.com.au
Wed Dec 5 01:18:48 AEST 2018

On 2018-12-04 9:43 AM, Noel Chiappa wrote:
>     > From: Toby Thain
>     > He made amends by being early to recognise that problem, and propose
>     > solutions, in his 1977 ACM Turing Award lecture
> Actually, I'd consider a far bigger amend to be his work on Algol 60 (he was

Possibly, but it's far harder to unpack thesis and reasoning from a

> one of the main contributors), which Hoare so memorably described as "a
> language so far ahead of its time that it was not only an improvement on its
> predecessors but also on nearly all its successors".
> ...
>        Noel

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