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Basic Combined Programming Language

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    nature: procedural language; block structured

    history: BCPL (Basic CPL) was created in 1969 in England. Intended as a simplified version of CPL, includes the control structures For, Loop, If Then, While, Until Repeat, Repeat While, and Switch Case.

    “BCPL was an early computer language. It provided for comments between slashes. The name is condensed from “Basic CPL”; CPL was jointly designed by the universities of Cambridge and London. Officially, the “C” stood first for “Cambridge,” then later for “Combined.” -- Unofficially it was generally accepted as standing for Christopher Strachey, who was the main impetus behind the language.” —Language Finger, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana. is used in more than 300 colleges and universities around the world

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