Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Algorithm chartFormerly known as IAL, ALGOL is short for ALGOrithmic Language. It is a family of portable programming languages for scientific computations that had a strong influence on other languages. Additionally, ALGOL was used as the standard method for creating algorithms by the ACM in textbooks and academia for over 30 years.

Major ALGOL specifications

  • ALGOL 58 - introduced in 1958
  • ALGOL 60 - introduced in 1960
  • ALGOL 68 - revised in 1973

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