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Designed byVictor Yngve
First appeared1957; 64 years ago (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 to 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.


  • Yngve, Victor (July 1958). "A programming language for mechanical translation" (PDF). Mechanical Translation. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 5 (1): 25–41. ISSN 0543-2073. OCLC 1777183. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
  • Sammet, J.E.. "String and list processing languages", in Programming Languages: History and Fundamentals. ISBN 0-13-729988-5. Prentice-Hall. 1969.