<language> 1. An interpreted algebraic language for the Bendix G15
developed by Dr. Richard V. Andree (? - 1987), Joel C. Ewing and others of the
University of Oklahoma from Spring 1966 (possibly 1965).
Dale Peters <[email protected]> reports that in the summer of 1966 he
attended the second year of an NSF-sponsored summer institute in mathematics and
computing at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Andree's computing class mostly
used the language GO-GO, later renamed ALPS. The language changed frequently
during the class, which was occasionally disorienting. Dale believes it was also
used in Summer 1965 and that it was about this time that John G. Kemeny (one of
the designers of Dartmouth BASIC, 1963) saw it during a visit.
Dr. Andree's January 1967 class mimeo notes on ALPS begin: "ALPS is a new
programming language designed and perfected by Mr. Harold Bradbury, Mr. Joel
Ewing and Mr. Harold Wiebe, members of the O.U. Mathematics Computer Consultants
Group under the direction of Dr. Richard V. Andree. ALPS is designed to be used
with a minimum of training to solve numerical problems on a computer with
typewriter stations and using man-computer cooperation by persons who have
little familiarity with advanced mathematics."
The initial version of what evolved into ALPS was designed and implemented by
Joel Ewing (a pre-senior undergrad) in G15 machine language out of frustration
with the lack of applications to use the G15's dual-case alphanumeric I/O
capabilities. Harold Wiebe also worked on the code. Others, including Ralph
Howenstine, a member of the O.U. Math Computer Consultants Group, contributed to
the design of extensions and Dr. Andree authored all the instructional
materials, made the outside world aware of the language and encouraged work on
2. A parallel logic language.
["Synchronization and Scheduling in ALPS Objects", P. Vishnubhotia, Proc 8th
Intl Conf Distrib Com Sys, IEEE 1988, pp. 256-264].
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