ICT 1900 Series Algol Manual
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ALGOL (short for ALGOrithmic Language) is a family of imperative computer programming languages originally developed in the mid 1950s which greatly influenced many other languages and became the de facto way algorithms were described in textbooks and academic works for almost the next 30 years. It was designed to avoid some of the perceived problems with FORTRAN and eventually gave rise to many other programming languages, including BCPL, B, Pascal, Simula, C, and many others. ALGOL introduced code blocks and the begin and end pairs for delimiting them and it was also the first language implementing nested function definitions with lexical scope. Fragments of ALGOL-like syntax are sometimes still used as pseudocode (notations used to describe algorithms for human readers).
Algol was ised for scientific purposes with the ICT 1900 series of main frame computers released by International Computers and Tabulators (ICT) in the 1960s
This is a thick comprehensive illustrated manual housed in an original ICT plastic Ring binder.
This was kindly donated by Helen Young
This exhibit has a reference ID of CH8770. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.