From: N. Ganesan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Apr 23 2005 - 06:06:44 CST
>Otto Stolz, programmig-languages archeologist ;-)
>J. W. Backus & al., Peter Naur (ed.): "Revised report on the
>algorithmic language ALGOL 60", Numerische Mathematik 4 (1963),
>p 420‒453, ISSN 0029-599X; also in Comm. ACM, and in J British
>Computer Soc.; Reprint (1965) Springer-Verlag Berlin, Heidelberg,
For language-archaeologists, this OT biblio will be of some interest.
" Panini should be thought of as the forerunner of the modern formal
language theory used to specify computer languages. The Backus
Normal Form was discovered independently by John Backus in 1959,
but Panini's notation is equivalent in its power to that of Backus
and has many similar properties. It is remarkable to think that
concepts which are fundamental to today's theoretical computer
science should have their origin with an Indian genius around 2500
years ago. "
Knuth, Donald (1964), Backus normal form vs. Backus Naur form.
Comm. ACM 7, 12, 735-736
Ingerman, P.Z. (1966). A Syntax-Oriented Translator, Academic Press,
----1967 "Panini-Backus Form Suggested," Comm. ACM 10, 3, p. 137
> Just because < and > are in ASCII, the have been
used as approximations.
That was the origin of this practice.
However the practice is found now in professional
technical publishing as a matter of choice, for example in
modern linguistics and in Backus-Naur notation where the
more normal angle brackets are certainly
available for use.
In connection with the abve quote, see more on Panini-Backus notation,
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