[Chicago] IBM Assembler

Conrad Weisert cweisert at sbcglobal.net
Fri Nov 13 22:19:01 CET 2009

On Nov 13, 2009, at 13:00, Phil Robare wrote:

> This last was running their core accounting system that was written in 
> BAL (370
> Assembler) in the 70s.  And I was told it ran faster today than it did 
> on any of the previous machines.

Strictly speaking "BAL" denotes Basic Assembly Language, the subset of 
full 360/370 assembly language that didn't use macros or other 
"advanced" features.  To write a production application in BAL in the 
1970s would have been extremely unenlightened.

Conrad Weisert
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