Algol is an actively used programming language created in 1958. ALGOL (short for Algorithmic Language) is a family of imperative computer programming languages, originally developed in the mid-1950s, which greatly influenced many other languages and was the standard method for algorithm description used by the ACM in textbooks and academic sources for more than thirty years. In the sense that the syntax of most modern languages is "Algol-like", it was arguably the most influential of the four high-level programming languages among which it was roughly contemporary: FORTRAN, Lisp, and COBOL. It was designed to avoid some of the perceived problems with FORTRAN and eventually gave rise to many other programming languages, including PL/I, Simula, BCPL, B, Pascal, and C. Read more on Wikipedia...
- Algol ranks in the top 5% of languages
- the Algol wikipedia page
- Algol first appeared in 1958
- See also: pl-i, simula, bcpl, b, pascal, c, lisp, cobol, algol-58, algol-60, algol-68, algol-w, scheme, ml, elliott-algol, jovial, ada, act-iii, s-algol, espol, newp, ascii, alcor, unicode, atlas-autocode, coral, edinburgh-imp, iswim, neliac
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Example code from Wikipedia:
'BEGIN' WRITE TEXT('('HELLO%WORLD')'); 'END'
Last updated February 18th, 2020