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Re: How to Design a Programming Language

George, sorry:

It's ALL new for me, as well! Hansi Widerlechner, a friend of mine, did the new home-page, and it's still under
construction, I'm sorry.

Finally, It should and will be MULTI-Lingual (at least for english and german).

Probably it is


When you go to

1.) Please do read the Company profile: I (and we) are concentrating on computer- and natural language translation.
2.) natural language translation is a very big project (financed by me, up to now), with some 200 peaople already working on the details,
especially the countries surrounding Austria, as Slowenia, Slowakia, Hungary, Tchechia, Poland, etc etc (the OLD Austrian
monarchy will be served first)
3.) The PP (The Program Porting Machine), and the ReyC (The Rey Compiler) commercial pages are still to be filled in,
as some LICENCE issues are still not resolved.
4.) I do have frequent meeting with Hewlett Packard, Oracle, and IBM those days..... :-)
    ... and a bit a lack of time.

      Volunteers (CONTRIBUTORS) will be welcome :-)
5.) Essentially, PP (The program porting machine) is a UNIVERSAL Source Code Parser and Translator. When you like,
you can translate COBOL to PL/I (or vice versa). SIC!

     As already announced yours ago, it is my (first and latest) attemt to solve the UNCOL problem (the Universal Compiler problem)
I did learn when I did study *Technical Mathematics*, centuries (sorry, correct: decenniums) ago ;-)
6.) Rexx2Nrx should be already found under: Product: rexx2Nrx (english version)
7.) Rexx2Nrx will be, in a very short time, obsolete (butt remain there, for upwards compatibility)
8.) ReyC (the Rey Compiler) is the replacement.

Hope that is enough info for the minute, and sorry for any *disruptions* :-)

Massa Thomas.

Am 06.04.2011 19:14, schrieb George Hovey:
Your link returned "The requested URL was not found on this server."

On Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 10:59 AM, Thomas Schneider <[hidden email]> wrote:
May I add (again) that Rexx2Nrx (see *does* implement Rexx Date() and Time() ...
Thomas Schneider.
Am 02.04.2011 16:52, schrieb George Hovey:
The lineage of NetRexx seems clear enough.  NetRexx incorporates many of the ideas of REXX.  REXX, of course, considerably predates Java.  NetRexx, on the other hand was created precisely to leverage Java and cannot predate it.  Without Java, what would distinguish REXX and NetRexx?  [Interestingly, Object REXX is also an object-oriented language influenced by REXX, and actually predates NetRexx.  Apparently MFC did not think it was "the answer."]

The lack of Date() and Time() is not very astonishing.  NetRexx is a one man creation and Mike has indicated that he was time constrained.  There wasn't time to rewrite the world, and the basic language allows access to powerful Java classes doing the same things, though not as conveniently.  They are, however,  more than up to the task of writing Date() and Time() routines in whatever format you like.

This doesn't mean that Date() and Tim() shouldn't be in NetRexx, simply that that step had to be deferred.  My understanding, from posts to this forum, is that at least one class library exists that makes a good fist at incorporating these and other REXX functionality.

George Hovey

On Sat, Apr 2, 2011 at 9:11 AM, Robert Hamilton <[hidden email]> wrote:
In my edition of TNRL, p. 8 are some comments along these lines. One factor to be aware of is the "astonishment factor" and, for me, one such is the lack of  Date() and Time() functions.   And Mike notes that language design is more of an Art than Science.

Bob Hamilton
Richardson, Texas USA

On Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 2:58 PM, Connor Birch <[hidden email]> wrote:

On 15 Nov 2010, at 14:21, Bill Fenlason wrote:

If you [MC] haven't already done so, I hope you write an essay or blog entry on "How to Design a Programming Language".  With your experience and accomplishments, it should be a classic and required reading for all computer science student.

I second that!


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