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B.C.S. Committee on programming notation, 1959-1962

MS. Eng. misc. b. 285/E.9
Held at the Weston Library

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Folder of drafts for papers produced by the Committee. Includes:

  1. 'Suggestions for Notations': 6-page manuscript and 4-page typescript draft by Strachey, 26 February 1959, considered by the Committee at its meeting on 3 March.
  2. 'Towards a Common Programming Language'.
  3. Three typescript drafts of paper by Gill describing the aims of the Committee and including examples drawn from Strachey's notes (above). 3-page, 4-page and 5-page drafts, all annotated by Strachey. The final version was published in the The Computer Bulletin, vol.3, no. 1, April 1959.
  4. Typescript draft (5 pages, annotated by Strachey) of a paper on layout of cycles and on operators (probably prepared by H.H. Robertson with M. Woodger), 29 June 1959, published in the The Computer Bulletin, vol.3, no.3.
  5. 'Notations for Subroutines', 5 typescript drafts of a paper on this subject (4-page, 5-page, 7-page, 7-page, 8-page, all annotated by Strachey). The last one bears extensive comments by P. Landin.
  6. 'Some notes on the use of auxiliary subroutines', 2-page draft by D. Wheeler, 2-page note by Strachey, 19 February 1960, commenting on Wheeler's draft, 2 pages. 'Some further notes on the use of subroutines', 31 March 1960, annotated by Strachey and Landin.


  • Creation: 1959-1962


1 file

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Eng. misc. b. 285/E.9

Former reference:

CSAC 71.1.80/E.9

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