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POP-2

Summary
POP-2 (also referred to as POP2) is a programming language developed around 1970 from the earlier language POP-1 (developed by Robin Popplestone in 1968, originally named COWSEL) by Robin Popplestone and Rod Burstall at the University of Edinburgh. It drew roots from many sources: the languages LISP and ALGOL 60, and theoretical ideas from Peter J. Landin. It used an incremental compiler, which gave it some of the flexibility of an interpreted language, including allowing new function definitions at run time and modification of function definitions while a program was running (both of which are features of dynamic compilation), without the overhead of an interpreted language. Description Stack POP-2's syntax was Algol-like, except that assignments were the other way round: instead of writing a := 3; one wrote 3 -> a; The reason for this was that the language had explicit notion of an operand stack; thus, the previous assignment could be written as two separat
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