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3. APL > Elementary Principles

Elementary Principles

When you pursued standardization, was it a deliberate decision?

Adin: We surely started standardization fairly early; in fact I think I wrote a paper about it, and we got to be part of ISO. We always wanted to standardize things and we managed to a large extent to do that. We discouraged people from fiddling around with the basic structures of the language, adding arbitrary kind of things that would complicate the syntax, or violate some of the elementary principles we were trying to maintain.

What was your main desire for standardization, compatibility or conceptual purity?

Adin: The desire of standardization is an economic issue. We surely wanted APL to be viable economically, and since a lot of different people were implementing and using it, it seemed a good idea to have a standard.


  

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