blast from the past: ABC.

Warren Postma warren-postma at
Thu Dec 20 19:18:53 EST 2001

Having noted that the programming language ABC is listed in the Open
Directory (, I found this article:

Hmm.   Wasn't ABC one of the things that Guido worked on that eventually
lead to his developing Python?

How "Pythonic" indeed is this particular code snippet:

HOW TO RETURN words document:
      PUT {} IN collection
      FOR line in document:
	 FOR word IN split line:
	    IF word collection:
	       INSERT word IN collection
      RETURN collection


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