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Re: [midatlanticretro] APL @ 50 Event in Toronto

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  • Systems Glitch
    He s also responsible for Dijkstra s shortest path algorithm, which plays an important part in modern network routing. The algorithm was published in the 50 s
    Message 1 of 4 , Nov 2, 2012
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      He's also responsible for Dijkstra's shortest path algorithm, which plays an important part in modern network routing. The algorithm was published in the 50's and is still implemented in /senior level/ computer science courses nowadays.

      Thanks,
      Jonathan

      On Thu, 01 Nov 2012 20:25:25 -0400
      Dave McGuire <Mcguire@...> wrote:

      > 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
      >
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      > Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
      > New Kensington, PA
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    • dfnr2
      ... Also, perhaps the earliest denoucer of the GOTO statement (in high level languages); proponent of structured programming, likely contributing to the
      Message 2 of 4 , Nov 3, 2012
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        --- In midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com, Systems Glitch <systems.glitch@...> wrote:
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        > He's also responsible for Dijkstra's shortest path algorithm, which plays an important part in modern network routing. The algorithm was published in the 50's and is still implemented in /senior level/ computer science courses nowadays.
        >

        Also, perhaps the earliest denoucer of the GOTO statement (in high level languages); proponent of structured programming, likely contributing to the dominance of the Algol-derived progamming languages which predominate today's compiled program landscape; an early explorer of concurrent programming; and one of the most prolific computer enthusiasts and authors to date.

        Dave
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