BIT Numerical Mathematics

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 162–176 | Cite as

Algol-Genius, a programming language for general data processing

  • Börje Langefors


The similarity of requirements on a programming language for engineering data processing on one hand and for business data processing on the other and the advantage, therefore, of having a common language for both, is pointed out.

A realization of such a common language, using ALGOL for the procedures and a COBOL-like language for the data handling, has been made. It is called Algol-Genius. Genius is the data handling part. A brief description of the functioning of Genius and its coordination with Algol is given. Some of the functions of Algol-Genius, corresponding roughly to Cobol verbs, are presented as an illustration. A brief account of the planning of the project and its implementation is also given.


Data Processing Computational Mathematic Programming Language General Data Common Language 
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  1. 1.
    Jean E. Sammet,A Method of Combining Algol and Cobol. Proc. Western Joint Comput. Conf. 1961.Google Scholar
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    Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget,Algol-Genius Specification. Computer Division, Linköping, Sweden. (Swedish; English edition in preparation).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Börje Langefors
    • 1
  1. 1.SaabLinköpingSweden

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