Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Simonyi on Comments in Algol-60

Check out this fascinating slideshow by Charles Simonyi about how the language Algol-60 was originally used in practice -- as a language for comments. He observes that good code comments can be a good source of ideas for new programming language constructs, since comments are where programmers express ideas that they feel can't currently be made clear or concise in the code itself.

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