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Language peer sets for PPL:
United States
United States/1969
Designed 1969
1960s languages
Third generation
High Cold War
Genus Array
Rank 1 unlabelled
Rank 1
Rank 1 unlabelled/1969
Rank 1/1969
Array/United States
Rank 1 unlabelled/United States
Rank 1/United States


Polymorphic Programming Language 

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Country: United States
Designed 1969
Published: 1969
Genus: Array
Sammet category: On-Line

Polymorphic Programming Language.
Initial work at National University of Mexico 1969-71
Development at Harvard U by T A Standish on a DEC System-10 1972. Interactive and extensible, based on APL, but with influences from JOSS and LCC (extension mechanism etc)

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APL PPL   Extension of
JOSS PPL   Influence
LCC PPL   Influence

  • Standish, T.A. (1969) Standish, T.A. "Some Features of PPL A Polymorphic Programming Language"
          in [SIGPLAN] (1969) SIGPLAN Notices 4(08) August 1969
  • Standish, Thomas A. (1971) Standish, Thomas A. "PPL - an extensible language that failed" pp144-145 Abstract
          in [ISEL 1971] (1971) [ACM] SIGPLAN Notices 6(12) December 1971 Proceedings of the international symposium on Extensible languages Grenoble, France 1971
  • Rosen, S. (1972) Rosen, S. "Programming Systems and Languages 1965-1975" Abstract DOI
          in [ACM] (1972) [ACM] CACM 15(07) (July 1972)
  • Sammet, Jean E. (1973) Sammet, Jean E. "Roster of Programming Languages for 1973" p147
          in (1974) ACM Computing Reviews 15(04) April 1974
  • Stock and Stock (1973) Stock, Marylene and Stock, Karl F. "Bibliography of Programming Languages: Books, User Manuals and Articles from PLANKALKUL to PL/I" Verlag Dokumentation, Pullach/Munchen 1973 475 Abstract
          in (1974) ACM Computing Reviews 15(04) April 1974
  • Taft, Edward A. and Standish, Thomas A. (1974) Taft, Edward A. and Standish, Thomas A. "PPL User's Manual Technical Report", Harvard University, September 1974
          in (1974) ACM Computing Reviews 15(04) April 1974
  • Sammet, Jean E (1978) Sammet, Jean E "Roster of programming languages for 1976-77" pp56-85
          in [SIGPLAN] (1978) SIGPLAN Notices 13(11) Nov 1978
  • Kupka, I. and Wilsing, N. (1980) Kupka, I. and Wilsing, N. "Conversational Languages" John Wiley, 1980
          in [SIGPLAN] (1978) SIGPLAN Notices 13(11) Nov 1978
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