The Importance of Terminology's Quality

John W Kennedy jwkenne at attglobal.net
Sun Aug 17 03:46:18 CEST 2008


Martijn Lievaart wrote:
> On Thu, 14 Aug 2008 18:33:30 -0400, John W Kennedy wrote:
> 
>> Actually, I was thinking of the 1401. But both the 1620 and the 1401
>> (without the optional Advanced Programming Feature) share the basic
>> omission of any instruction that could do call-and-return without
>> hard-coding an adcon with the address of the point to be returned to.
>> (The Advanced Programming Feature added a 1401 instruction, Store
>> B-address Register, that, executed as the first instruction of a
>> subroutine, could store the return-to address.)
> 
> Raaaagh!!!!
> 
> Don't. Bring. Back. Those. Nightmares. Please.
> 
> The 1401 was a decent enough processor for many industrial tasks -- at 
> that time -- but for general programming it was sheer horror.

But the easiest machine language /ever/.

-- 
John W. Kennedy
  "The grand art mastered the thudding hammer of Thor
And the heart of our lord Taliessin determined the war."
   -- Charles Williams.  "Mount Badon"



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