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Language peer sets for COWSEL:
United Kingdom
United Kingdom/1964
Designed 1964
1960s languages
Third generation
Early Cold War
Genus Stack
Rank 1 unlabelled
Rank 1
Rank 1 unlabelled/1964
Rank 1/1964
Stack/United Kingdom
Rank 1 unlabelled/United Kingdom
Rank 1/United Kingdom


alternate simple view
Country: United Kingdom
Designed 1964
Published: 1966
Genus: Stack

for COntrolled Working SpacE Language.

Burstall and Popplestone, Edinburgh Psychology Unit, U Edinburgh, 1964-66.

Online problem solving language, with LISP-like semantics, empowering a stack. Forerunner of POP

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ALGOL 60 COWSEL   Negative moderate Influence
JOSS COWSEL   Influence
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COWSEL POP-1   Evolution of

  • Popplestone and Burstall (1966) Popplestone and Burstall, "COWSEL" EPU-R-12, U Edinburgh (Apr 1966).
  • Popplestone (1999) Popplestone, R "The Early Development of POP" Online copy Extract: How I came to create POP-1 Extract: The development of POP-2 Extract: The development of MultiPOP
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