inca: a hacked-up apl in c based on the J incunabulum

Discussion in 'C Programming' started by luser- -droog, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. I think it is pretty clear that that's the last thing on "luser"'s mind or
    list of goals and intentions.
    He "needs" to do no such thing. Besides, I thought that C89 was still the
    only "real" standard endoresed by the regs here.
    There you go again. Telling people what they need.
    How paternalistic of you!
    Which means it is perfectly legal and OK by all standards bodies (including
    you, Mr. Kiki!) in C89 code (which is what most people still write).
    Keep your editorial comments to yourself, please.
    Indeed. So get off their backs, OK!
    We're not here to convince you - or to gain your approval.

    Go away!

    "Although written many years ago, Lady Chatterley's Lover has just
    been reissued by the Grove Press, and this fictional account of the
    day-to-day life of an English gamekeeper is still of considerable
    interest to outdoor minded readers, as it contains many passages on
    pheasant raising, the apprehending of poachers, ways to control vermin,
    and other chores and duties of the professional gamekeeper.

    "Unfortunately, one is obliged to wade through many pages of extraneous
    material in order to discover and savor these sidelights on the
    management of a Midlands shooting estate, and in this reviewer's opinion
    this book cannot take the place of J.R. Miller's Practical Gamekeeping"
    (Ed Zern, Field and Stream, November 1959, p. 142).
    Kenny McCormack, Mar 28, 2014
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  2. luser- -droog

    James Kuyper Guest

    On 03/28/2014 11:42 AM, Keith Thompson wrote:
    APL's syntax does indeed make it easier to "reason about an manipulate
    the [APL] code algebraically". However, that C coding style provides no
    such benefit.
    James Kuyper, Mar 29, 2014
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  3. luser- -droog

    Öö Tiib Guest

    Programs that crash or hang on any input (regardless
    if "spacing was off" in input or other such silly
    reason) are dangerous trash.

    Crash means it is often possible to overtake system with
    malicious input, hang means that it is vulnerable to DOS

    So ... learn to program, pal.
    Öö Tiib, Mar 29, 2014
  4. (snip)

    Talking about APL, I just found out that the Computer History Museum
    ( has the source from IBM for APL\360.

    As usual, for non-commercial use and no redistribution.
    (You have to agree to the license terms before downloading.)

    I am not sure what the rights would be if you rewrote it in C.

    -- glen
    glen herrmannsfeldt, Mar 29, 2014
  5. luser- -droog

    Kaz Kylheku Guest

    `Cause if you violate this, some little old man will show up at your door and
    beat you with his cane.

    (Actually he will beat you with a toothpick which denotes the
    semantics of being whipped in parallel with 1000 canes.)
    Kaz Kylheku, Mar 29, 2014
  6. luser- -droog

    BartC Guest

    It seems to be written in assembly code (360 I guess, judging from the "L"
    opcode I recognised).

    You will have your work cut out in rewriting it in anything, as it is likely
    closely tied to that platform. Suddenly luser- -droog's version doesn't
    seem so bad after all!
    BartC, Mar 29, 2014
  7. (snip, I wrote)
    From that time frame, most was written directly in assembler,
    but later in an internal PL/I-like language, compiled to assembly
    code, and only the generated assembly code was released outside IBM.
    -- glen
    glen herrmannsfeldt, Mar 29, 2014
  8. I've adopted some of your substitutions,
    but I've run into trouble get it to do
    general matrix multiplications. I suppose it's
    a harder task than I forsaw. It did take them
    a long time the first time.
    luser- -droog, Apr 7, 2014
  9. For anyone attempting to write an APL from scratch, one of
    the best design documents I've found is this one from 1972
    which describes an APL Machine as a microcode emulator
    for the IBM 5100 to work with the system 360 emulator.

    While there are many similar documents available describing
    everything from IVSYS on the 7090 through the SV and later
    versions, but this 1972 document gives many more memory
    map examples showing the organization of the low-level
    data structures in much more detail than most other write-ups.

    Incidentally, inca has acquired some new bizarre features,
    such as template code generation. It's now pushing 1000 lines.

    $ ./inca
    0 0 1 1 1
    1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    7 3
    40 40 40
    -2147117200 -2147117104 -2147117008
    20 20 20
    117 117 117
    -2147115616 -2147115648 -2147115680
    41 41 41
    23 23 0
    3 3
    0 1 1
    0 0 1
    0 0 0
    luser- -droog, Apr 13, 2014
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