The Evolution of Concepts and Languages of Computing.

by R. D. Elbourn, Willis H. Ware

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A review of the evolution of programming languages from the time when all programming was done in machine languages, through symbolic coding systems, interpreters, assemblers, generators, and compilers, to the recently developed listprocessing languages. These languages are then applied to game playing, problem solving, and theorem proving. Behavior and biological modeling are described. Finally, in anticipation of extending the capability of computers to accept, use, and generate natural languages, the Paper concludes with an introduction to some of the contemporary work on formal language theory, including a discussion of six families of abstract languages and their practical implementation. A review of the evolution of programming languages from the time when all programming was done in machine languages, through symbolic coding systems, interpreters, assemblers, generators, and compilers, to the recently developed listprocessing languages. These languages are then applied to game playing, problem solving, and theorem proving. Behavior and biological modeling are described. Finally, in anticipation of extending the capability of computers to accept, use, and generate natural languages, the Paper concludes with an introduction to some of the contemporary work on formal language theory, including a discussion of six families of abstract languages and their practical implementation. 8 pp.

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