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27974Re: [midatlanticretro] APL @ 50 Event in Toronto

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  • Dave McGuire
    Nov 1 5:25 PM
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      On 11/01/2012 08:17 PM, joshbensadon wrote:
      > Today I learned much about APL at the York University APL@50 Event.

      [much awesomeness snipped]

      > I don't know who Edsger Dijkstra is, or why he wrote "APL is a
      > mistake, carried through to perfection. It is the language of the
      > future for the programming techniques of the past: it creates a new
      > generation of coding bums." In fact, he was quoted a few times with
      > negative comments. Does anyone have anything nice to say about him?
      > Who was he?


      Dijkstra was perhaps one of the most influential figures in computer
      science of all time. He was a Turing Award recipient, and invented the
      now-ubiquitous concept of the "semaphore" in computer programming,
      amongst lots and lots and lots of other stuff.

      Important guy. He died about ten years ago.


      Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
      New Kensington, PA
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