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Bliss was a low-level procedural language
developed and used by Digital Equipment
Corp. for system programming. Widely
used by DEC in development of OS software
and tools for PDP, DECsystem, and VAX lines of
computers roughly 1971-1988. No longer
Bliss supported various datatypes, but
did not enforce strong type checking. It
had a very powerful macro system that was
heavily used in system coding, but which
made crafting a compiler for the language
more difficult. Because it was intended as
a system programming language, it had
features that allowed the programmer to do
what is taught in the 1990s as the compiler's
job: register allocation, data structure
packing definition, etc.
Wulf, Russell et al, DEC, 1970?
- See Also:
For the most part, BLISS was available
only as a commercial product from DEC.
There was one free compiler for the
PDP-10, and DEC later released a BLISS-32
compiler to customers as an OpenVMS add-on.
Research on BLISS was done at
DEC and at CMU.
Because BLISS's useful lifetime does not
intersect that of the WWW, it seems that
very little information is available.
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