[TUHS] Knuth and Pascal (was "Were cron and at ...")

M Douglas McIlroy m.douglas.mcilroy at dartmouth.edu
Tue Dec 15 21:45:44 AEST 2020

Off topic, but too much fun to pass up.

>> You wrote your algorithm in Pascal, debugged it, and then rewrote it in your favourite language (in my case, ALGOL-W).

> Now why didn't Don Knuth think of that for TeX?

I'm glad he didn't. He might have written it in Mix. Knuth once said
he didn't believe in higher-level languages. Of course he knew more
about them than anybody else and was CACM's associate editor for the
subject--like a minister who doesn't believe in God.


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