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Designed by Victor Yngve
First appeared 1957 (1957)

COMIT was the first string processing language (compare SNOBOL, TRAC, and Perl), developed on the IBM 700/7000 series computers by Dr. Victor Yngve and collaborators at MIT from 1957-1965. Yngve created the language for supporting computerized research in the field of linguistics, and more specifically, the area of machine translation for natural language processing. The creation of COMIT led to the creation of SNOBOL.


  • Reilly, Edwin D. (June 2003). Milestones in Computer Science and Information Technology. Greenwood Press. p. 95. ISBN 1-57356-521-0.