Structure of a File Oriented Programming Language, GPLAN-BL-1

Bonczek, R. & Whinston, A.B. (1975). Structure of a File Oriented Programming Language, GPLAN-BL-1. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-75-164

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Modern computer science has developed languages along many distinct paths; three are: Operating System Languages (e.g., OS/JCL), High Level Procedural Languages (e.g., FORTRAN), and High Level Non-Procedural Data Base Languages (e.g., ALPHA, SQUARE, GPLAN). The purpose of each of these is to solve a particular problem, namely, to simplify the work of the programmer, so that a majority of his time could be spent on his own application. The development of data manipulation procedures has also proceeded independently; of programming languages only in the programming language LISP are data and program expressed in a common manner.

We feel that the time has come for a new approach to computer language evolution, especially for business oriented users. The combination of data, programs, and operating system into a single language would make a great simplification of the current state of affairs. The BL/I language is presented as a prototype for a data base oriented computer system, combining features from operating systems, programming languages, and data base languages.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Working Paper)
Research Programs: System and Decision Sciences - Core (SDS)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:41
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:07

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