Thinking/musing about a recent thread…
Where the talk drifted a little an ended up at Algol… Wondering about where some computing terms came from?
I always found call by name to be a weird one. Maybe just me. Call by name or call by value - where ‘name’ is really a pointer. (or call be reference in some circles?)
Formal parameters (are there informal parameters?)
I wonder how many started in early architectures that are still used today, even though those architectures hare long gone, or been succeeded by something else?
BCPL for example has vectors (rather than arrays, but I think I can see a vaguely mathematical background there)
Anyone think of any other examples? Or any others that just sound a little suspicious these days?
(the tag refers to this: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Niklaus_Wirth#Quotes_about_Niklaus_Wirth )