Pioneering indentation (was Case-sensitivity: why -- or why not?)
andrew.henshaw at gtri.gatech.edu
Tue May 30 02:55:09 EDT 2000
William Tanksley wrote:
>A quick comment: Python has very little in the way of innovation. It
>brings together many tried-and-true mechanisms in a very elegant manner.
>Not even indentation is a true innovation; it was pioneered by ABC before
>Python was born.
In a quick search, I couldn't find the earliest reference to the ABC
language, so you may be correct; however, the Occam programming language
also uses indentation to indicate code blocks. I started using Occam in
1984(maybe - definitely by 1985). I believe that the first Occam
implementation was developed by 1982.
By the way, I prefer Occam's indentation rules. Two spaces, no tabs.
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