SMALL

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Small Machine Algol Like Language
ParadigmsProcedural, imperative, structured, object-oriented
FamilyALGOL
Designed byNevil Brownlee
DeveloperUniversity of Auckland
First appeared1980; 40 years ago (1980)
Final release
Final / 1985; 35 years ago (1985)
Implementation languageFortran IV, SMALL
PlatformMainframes: Burroughs B6700, DEC PDP-10
OSTOPS-10, VM/CMS
Influenced by
ALGOL

Small Machine Algol Like Language (SMALL), is a computer programming language developed by Dr. Nevil Brownlee of the University of Auckland.

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The aim of the language was to enable writing ALGOL-like code that ran on a small machine. It also included the string data type for easier text manipulation.

SMALL was used extensively from about 1980 to 1985 at Auckland University as a programming teaching aid, and for some internal projects. Originally, it was written in Fortran IV, to run on a Burroughs Corporation B6700 mainframe computer. Subsequently, it was rewritten in SMALL, and ported to a Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) PDP-10 mainframe (on the operating system TOPS-10) and an IBM S360 mainframe (on the operating system VM Conversational Monitor System (VM/CMS)).

About 1985, SMALL had some object-oriented programming features added to handle structures (that were missing from the early language), and to formalise file manipulation operations.

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