Due: Monday, 21 February at 11:59pm
Out: 8 February
The languages we have seen so far (Algol60, Algol68, BLISS, C, FORTRAN and Pascal) each support arrays in starkly different ways. The differences reveal the state of language design and compilers at the time the language was designed. In addition, they provide insights into the language designer's perspective on the engineering tradeoffs between simplicity, safety, orthogonality, performance and regularity.
Select two programming languages that have array mechanisms that differ in interesting ways. You may pick languages we have studied in class or any other language you know well. For the languages you choose:
Follow the usual position paper directions. The email you send should have the subject line "Position Paper 2". MIME-encoded mail will bounced back to the sender unread. If you are using a Windows-based mail reader and don't know what MIME-encoded mail is, you are probably sending it and should find out how to stop.
Graders of this paper will have little tolerance for poor quality writing. You have two weeks to write this paper, and have had plenty of time to find a humanties student for whom you can make a web page. There is no excuse for turning in a paper replete with grammatical and spelling errors.
You are required to find at least one person in the class to review your paper (and vice versa). At least one of the languages selected by your review partner should be different from the ones you selected. The reviewer should read your paper and make constructive criticisms of it. The reviews are not turned in, but should provide useful feedback for you to improve your paper. In the collaborators section, list the reviewer(s) of your paper (as well as any other collaborators). Take your job as a reviewer seriously - any glaring errors (either technical or presentation) in the submitted paper reflect poorly on both the author of the paper and the reviewer.
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CS 655: Programming Languages