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Language peer sets for BRIEF CODE:
United States
United States/1948
Designed 1948
1940s languages
First generation
Immediate Post-War
Genus Fortran I-III Coeval
Numerical Scientific
Fortran I-III Coeval
Generation of Fortran I-III
Fortran family
Fortran I-III Coeval/1948
Generation of Fortran I-III/1948
Fortran family/1948
Fortran I-III Coeval/United States
Generation of Fortran I-III/United States
Fortran family/United States
Numerical Scientific
Numerical Scientific/1948
Numerical Scientific/us

BRIEF CODE(ID:2671/sho003)

Pseudocode interpreter  

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Country: United States
Designed 1948
Published: 1948
Genus: Fortran I-III Coeval
Sammet category: Numerical Scientific

John Mauchly, 1949.

Pseudocode interpreter for math problems, on Eckert and Mauchly's BINAC, later on UNIVAC I and II. Possibly the first attempt at a higher level language

According to some, predates von Neumann's work.


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ENIAC short code BRIEF CODE   Influence

  • Sammet, Jean E. (1969) Sammet, Jean E. "Computer Languages - Principles and History" Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Prentice-Hall 1969. p.129.
  • Stern, N. (1981) Stern, N. "From ENIAC to UNIVAC: A Case Study of Evolving Technology" Bedford, MA, Digital Press.
  • Schmitt, William F. (1988) Schmitt, William F. "UNIVAC Short Code" Abstract Extract: Introduction Extract: The Origin of the SHORT CODE Extract: SHORT CODE and von Neumann being later
          in (1988) Annals of the History of Computing 10(1) January, 1988
  • Hook et al (2002) Diana H. Hook; Jeremy M. Norman; Michael R. Williams "Origins of Cyberspace" Jeremy Norman 2002 Extract: Short Code
          in (1988) Annals of the History of Computing 10(1) January, 1988
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