[TUHS] A New History of Modern Computing - my thoughts

Michael Kjörling michael at kjorling.se
Mon Nov 29 22:11:32 AEST 2021

On 28 Nov 2021 17:47 -0800, from bakul at iitbombay.org (Bakul Shah):
> Was B, or rather BCPL, influenced by Algol68? It too had
> 	<var> <op>:= <value>
> as a shorthand for
> 	<var> := <var> op <value>

The already mentioned https://www.bell-labs.com/usr/dmr/www/chist.html
states that

"For example, B introduced generalized assignment operators, using
x=+y to add y to x. The notation came from Algol 68 [Wijngaarden 75]
via McIlroy, who had incorporated it into his version of TMG."

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