String Oriented Symbolic Language
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<language> (SNOBOL) A string processing language for text
and formula manipulation, developed by David J. Farber, Ralph E.
Griswold and Ivan P. Polonsky at Bell Labs in 1962.
SNOBOL had only simple control structures but provided a
rich string-matching formalism of power comparable to regular expressions but implemented differently. People used it
for simple natural language processing analysis tasks well
into the 1980s. Since then, Perl has come into favour for
SNOBOL was originally called "SEXI" - String EXpression
Interpreter. In spite of the suggestive name, SNOBOL is not
related to COBOL. Farber said the name SNOBOL was largely
contrived at the time the original JACM article was published
when one of the implementors said something like, "This
program doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of ...". The
expansion to "String Oriented Symbolic Language" was contrived
Implementations include (in no particular order): SNOBOL2,
SNOBOL3, SNOBOL4, FASBOL, SITBOL, MAINBOL, SPITBOL
See also EZ, Poplar, SIL and Icon.
SNOBOL 4 (http://snobol4.org/).
David Farber (http://cis.upenn.edu/%7Efarber/).
Ralph Griswold (http://cs.arizona.edu/people/ralph/).
["SNOBOL, A String Manipulating Language", R. Griswold et al,
J ACM 11(1):21, Jan 1964].
Nearby terms: String EXpression Interpreter « stringly typed « STring Oriented Interactive Compiler « String Oriented Symbolic Language » String PRocessING language » string reduction » stripe
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