Pastel (programming language)
Pastel is an extended version of the Pascal programming language, created in c. 1982 for Amber, an operating system for the S-1 supercomputer project at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.
Pastel was conceived by Jeffrey M. Broughton, then Project Engineer in charge of compilers and operating system software for the S-1 project, because of dissatisfaction with the PL/1 language in which Amber was being implemented. The language was named Pastel ("an off-color Pascal") and was the inspiration for Richard Stallman's GNU C compiler. Compared with Pascal compilers of that period, Pastel's features included:
- Improved type definition
- Parametric types
- Explicit packing and allocation control
- Additional parameter passing modes
- Additional control constructs
- Set iteration
- Loop-exit form
- Return statement
- Module definition
- Exception handling
- General enhancements
- Conditional boolean operations
- Constant expressions
- Variable initialization
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