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Language peer sets for SNAP:
United States
United States/1969
Designed 1969
1960s languages
Third generation
High Cold War
Genus Report Generators
Report Generators
Data processing
Close mapping
Report Generators/1969
Data processing/1969
Close mapping/1969
Report Generators/United States
Data processing/United States
Close mapping/United States


Report generation language with natural language features 

alternate simple view
Country: United States
Designed 1969
Published: 1969
Genus: Report Generators

for Stylised NAtural langugage Programming

Michael Barnett, HW Wilson (publishing company for librarians' reference tools) 1968

Interpreted text-processing language for beginners, close to basic English.

A stylized subset of English to be used for text-processing languages by non-scientists

Featured righthand assignment via the CALL verb, sequential processing via THEN. Designed to be completely layout-free and completely comprehensible to a human, based on the age-old principles of legal and military command sequences.

Permitted spaces in variable names!

would print
Hocus Pocus

Related languages
SHADOW V SNAP   Evolution of
SNAP PRISM   Evolution of
SNAP QUILL   Influence

  • Barnett, M.P. (1969) Barnett, M.P. "Computer Programming in English", Harcourt Brace 1969.
  • Barnett, M. P., (1970) Barnett, M. P., "SNAP -- A Programming Language for Humanists" Computers and the Humanities, 4(4) March 1970
  • Stock (1971) Stock, Karl F. "A listing of some programming languages and their users" in RZ-Informationen. Graz: Rechenzentrum Graz 1971 234 Abstract
  • Sammet (1972) Sammet, Jean E., "Roster of Programming Languages 1972" 264
          in (1972) Computers & Automation 21(6B), 30 Aug 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 561 Abstract
          in (1974) ACM Computing Reviews 15(04) April 1974
  • Laitinen, Kari (1995) Laitinen, Kari "Natural naming in software development and maintenance" PhD thesis University of Oulu 1995 Extract: Easy-to-read programming languages: COBOL and SNAP
          in (1974) ACM Computing Reviews 15(04) April 1974
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