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Re: [K12OSN] OT: history



Peter Hartmann wrote:

How did they compile the first complier?  (cue: chicken-or-the-egg
jokes)  I'm curious.

Peter

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I believe both the Pascal compiler (ETH Zurich) and the PL/1 compilers went through a hand-compilation to bootstrap themselves. They created a subset of the language that they hand-compiled to then use to make a compiler for a more complete language.

-tim


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