The new department computer will have implementations of some or all of the following languages. SLOBOL Slower than a Commodore disc drive. Most compilers give you time for a coffee, only with SLOBOL can you go to Bolivia and pick the beans for yourself. Sartre An exciting new concept in programming - Existential Languages. The program statements don't actually do anthing, they just are. NOGO (snail graphics) This language exists in two forms. One is a complex TIL which can be used for AI programming. The other is a kiddies graphics toy. Apart from the name, the connection is absolutely sod all. BARBARIC (Beginner's All-purpose Really Big And Rubbish Instruction Code) There are hundreds of versions of this language. The biggest and best is Yoko Motive BARBARIC. This has hundreds of different instructions, conforms to no standards at all (e.g. closing " can be omitted), has no structures and is ridiculously slow - as used on Amsturd machines. Arque BARBARIC Opposite of Yoke Motive BARBARIC, as used on Oak's newest micro. Runs so bloody fast the O/P devices don't actually notice the sudden burst of bits which has already ended oh dear what's the point? Selecting a Programming Language Made Easy Daniel Solomon & David Rosenblueth Department of Computer Science, University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1 With such a large selection of programming languages it can be difficult to choose one for a particular project. Reading the manuals to evaluate the languages is a time consuming process. On the other hand, most people already have a fairly good idea of how various automobiles compare. So in order to assist those trying to choose a language, we have prepared a chart that matches programming languages with comparable automobiles. Assembler - A Formula I race car. Very fast, but difficult to drive and expensive to maintain. FORTRAN II - A Model T Ford. Once it was king of the road. FORTRAN IV - A Model A Ford. FORTRAN 77 - A six-cylinder Ford Fairlane with standard transmission and no seat belts. COBOL - A delivery van. It's bulky and ugly, but it does the work. BASIC - A second-hand Rambler with a rebuilt engine and patched upholstry. Your dad bought it for you to learn to drive. You'll ditch the car as soon as you can afford a new one. PL/I - A Cadillac convertible with automatic transmission, a two- tone paint job, white-wall tires, chrome exhaust pipes, and fuzzy dice hanging in the windshield C - A black Firebird, the all-macho car. Comes with optional seat belts (lint) and optional fuzz buster (escape to assembler). ALGOL 60 - An Austin Mini. Boy, that's a small car. Pascal - A Volkswagon Beetle. It's small but sturdy. Was once popular with intellectuals. Modula II - A Volkswagon Rabbit with a trailer hitch. ALGOL 68 - An Astin Martin. An impressive car, but not just anyone can drive it. LISP - An electric car. It's simple but slow. Seat belts are not available. PROLOG/LUCID - Prototype concept-cars. Maple/MACSYMA - All-terrain vehicles. FORTH - A go-cart. LOGO - A kiddie's replica of a Rolls Royce. Comes with a real engine and a working horn. APL - A double-decker bus. Its takes rows and columns of passengers to the same place all at the same time. But, it drives only in reverse gear, and is instrumented in Greek. Ada - An army-green Mercedes-Benz staff car. Power steering, power brakes and automatic transmission are all standard. No other colors or options are available. If it's good enough for the generals, it's good enough for you. Manufacturing delays due to difficulties reading the design specification are starting to clear up.