[Oberon] Oberon Hardware Description Language

Jan Verhoeven jan at verhoeven272.nl
Sun Dec 29 23:49:39 CET 2013

On Sunday 29 December 2013 22:11:42 Simon Forman wrote:

> > You know how Python got its name, huh? It all comes together in
> > that source....
> Wasn't Guido at ETH while he was "gestating" Python?    (In any
> event, translating the compiler from Oberon to Python was very smooth
> due to the high degree of similar syntax!)

I recall an interview in dutch Linux Magazine from ages ago. If I 
remember well, Guido was making the silliest of silly computer 
language, just for fun. And the indentation as a block descriptor was 
one of the goofy properties.
He named it after the silliest TV show of the era Monty Python's flying 

And then, Python seemed to be the ideal language for some other people. 
He was there, in the right circles, at the right time with a project 
that hit the market spot-on.

He seemed to have been influenced by Modula-3. There is a minute degree 
of Wirthianicity in Python but it's too C-ish for me.

Python is, even more than C, a write only language. Not even an 'ifend' 
statement to signal end of IF. Indentation is too important.

Met vriendelijke groeten,

Jan Verhoeven

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