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from Alan Kay - Jan 25, 2011
Hi Folks,

If I haven't done this already, here is Val Shorre's wonderful 1964 paper on his Meta II system -- basically a language to make programming languages, that was implemented on the 8K 1401 at UCLA.

The very short paper gives the even shorter code to implement three higher level languages, of which one is the Meta II system itself.

Having used both the Fortran and the COBOL 1401 compilers in 1962 (actually RPG was the "higher level language of choice" there at that time), I found Shorre's paper to be a wonderful breath of fresh air, and a very different approach to what most industry and military folks were doing with computers.

Cheers to all,