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Yes, certainly. the method of bracketing control structures used in the Bourne Shell was ripped straight from Algol 68, in which loop “bodies” were enclosed between do and od. This is a quote about it (from wikipedia): Stephen Bourne's coding style was influenced by his experience with the ALGOL 68C compiler[2] that he had been working on at Cambridge ...


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I imagine that type declarations would have been considered an unwanted barrier to user-friendliness Not necessarily, as for example arrays do have a DIM. Perl, which is basically shell on steroids, uses the sigils $, @, and % in a manner similar to Dartmouth BASIC's Not really: In Perl, the prefixes and the context determine the usage. Example from the ...


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