inally called "SEXI" - String EXpression

Interpreter. In spite of the suggestive name, SNOBOL is not related to COBOL. Farber said the name SNOBOL was largely contrived at the time the original JACM article was published when one of the implementors said something like, "This program doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of ...". The expansion to "String Oriented Symbolic Language" was contrived later.

Implementations include (in no particular order): SNOBOL2, SNOBOL3, SNOBOL4, FASBOL, SITBOL, MAINBOL, SPITBOL and vanilla.

See also EZ, Poplar, SIL and Icon.


David Farber.

Ralph Griswold.

["SNOBOL, A String Manipulating Language", R. Griswold et al, J ACM 11(1):21, Jan 1964].

Last updated: 2004-04-29

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inally called "SEXI" - String EXpressionated to {COBOL}. Farber said the name SNOBOL was largely

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