The Importance of Terminology's Quality

Martin Gregorie martin at see.sig.for.address.invalid
Sun Aug 17 12:38:43 CEST 2008


On Sat, 16 Aug 2008 21:46:18 -0400, John W Kennedy wrote:

> 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/.

What? Even easier than ICL 1900 PLAN or MC68000 assembler? That would be 
difficult to achieve.


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