OFF-TOPIC: Algol 60 guru required

Jonathan Ryshpan jonrysh at
Mon Aug 3 23:43:20 UTC 2009

On Tue, 2009-08-04 at 01:58 +0400, Hiisi wrote:
> Dear All!
> Sorry for this off-topic, but I could not see any solution to my 
> problem. I'm trying to transform old Algol 60 program to C++. I can 
> understand every syntax of it except this construction:
> D(N+1):=N(N+2):=0.0;
> Variables types:
> What is it? How to represent in C++? Hope on this list there's people, 
> who could remember that from the time...
> Thanks in advance!

Something is very hokey here.  At first glance it looks like a double
assignment.  However Algol requires arrays to be specified and used with
square brackets.  So "D(N+1)" looks like it's meaningless since D is
declared to be an array; the form could be either a function or a
product, depending on how D is declared.  "N(N+1)" has to be a product.
But neither of them is an l-value -- they can't be assigned to.

There's a small example of Algol-60 at:

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