Algol 68 (ALGOrithmic Language) is a high-level programming language designed for general use. It was first approved for publication by the General Assembly of IFIP in December 1968, whence it got its name.
Early in its history, the language got a bad name because people confused the defining document with the language itself: they thought that because the defining document was difficult to read, the language must be difficult to use. This is definitely not the case. On the contrary, the language lacks many of the features of other languages such as C or C++ which make them difficult to learn.
A number of books have been published about Algol 68, but most of them are now out of print. However, the book, Programming Algol 68 Made Easy, has been converted to HTML.
The book teaches the language from scratch, but is geared to the variant of the language provided by the Algol68toC translator.
Esperantigitan version de la libro Programming Algol 68 Made Easy mi verkas nuntempe. Kiam ĝi estos preta, ĝi aperos en ĉi tiu retejo. La Esperanta versio estos iom malsama: ĝi pritraktos la Teksaĵon 68 sistemon kiu liveras evoluigan sferon kiu faciligas la evoluigon de Algol 68 programoj. Kelkaj antaŭludoj ankaŭ estos traktataj en la libro. La libro havos ĉiujn informojn necesajn por programi uzante Algol 68.
Algol 68 has been available on Linux for some time. Now there are two Algol 68 compilers:
Algol 68g is a compiler which compiles a complete program into
memory and then interprets it with the Genie interpreter. It
implements almost all of the language including formats and parallel
programming. It can access the GNU scientific library and the GNU
plotting utility library as well as the PostgreSQL
library. The latest version is available as a Debian package.
Several years ago, I ported the DRA compiler to Debian GNU/Linux
2.2, but it is now working on sid. The package is called
algol68toc and is currently at version 1.17. I've been
testing the package on the sid distribution. If you have a Debian
GNU/Linux system or a Ubuntu system, all you need is the Debian binary
package. I recommend downloading the 1.18 version of the Debian
package from here.
Note that it is for 32-bit Linux. Work on a 64-bit version is in
The package contains the following:
The standard prelude includes the
transput which is
high-level and powerful. No formats (the translator doesn't support
them). On the other hand, you will get the following channels:
Greg Nunan's web page gives more information about Algol 68.
I am currently working on the following:
This web page was prepared with Epsilon 13.12 by Sian Mounbatten on 2013/06/21 17:53:00.