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Re: [Haskell-cafe] Language simplicity

Subject: Re: [Haskell-cafe] Language simplicity
From: "Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH"
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 05:16:55 -0500
On Jan 13, 2010, at 03:49 , Martin Coxall wrote:
COBOL: Over 400 (!)

If we're going to go that far, FORTRAN and PL/1 have none. FORTRAN is somewhat infamous for this: "DO 10 I = 1, 400" is a loop start, "DO 10 I = 1. 400" (note typo, "." for ",") parses as the assignment "DO10I = 1.400". (This is often cited as the cause of the failure of Mariner 1, but that's an urban legend. See http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks/9.54.html#subj1.1 for discussion, including the possible origin of this UL.)
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