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SPITBOL Featured in “This 70-Year-Old Programmer Is Preserving an Ancient Coding Language on GitHub”

Jordan Pearson has written an article for Vice’s Motherboard site about my work on SPITBOL:
“This 70-Year-Old Programmer Is Preserving an Ancient Coding Language on GitHub”

It makes reference to an article about SPITBOL that appeared on Hacker News a couple of weeks ago: Hacker News.

SNOBOL4 for Linux

I am now the maintainer of Macro SPITBOL, the most efficient implementation of SNOBOL4 to date. Mark Emmer labored for almost a quarter century as the previous maintainer, doing his best to keep SPITBOL alive, and I now have that task going forward.

Macro SPITBOL is currently available for Windows and Linux. I’m currently working on the port to Apple’s OSX, and expect to release it within a few weeks.

The Windows version of SPITBOL, the work of Mark Emmer, can be found at Google Code SPITBOL Downloads. Mark created this version. I plan no further work on it.

SPITBOL now lives at GITHUB Hardbol SPITBOL.

I put out the first release of SPITBOL for Linux in June 2012. It can be found at the Github site.

The current releases are for 32 bit words, 8 bit characters.

Once the OSX port is complete, I plan to first produce versions for Linux and OSX with 64 bit words and 8 bit characters.

The port to ARM will be next.

Along the way, I will add *full* support for Unicode.

If you are interested in SPITBOL, you can follow the Github site. I also write about my work on SPITBOL on my blog, The Wayward Word Press

You can also follow me as @daveshields at twitter.

Macro SPITBOL is licensed under the GPL license.

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