Invented in 1956

  • One of the first higher-level programming languages that simplified coding programs for computers by using commands that translated back into basic machine language.
  • Developed by John Backus at IBM in 1956.
  • Primarily used in mainframe computers before personal computers were available.
  • Used punch cards to enter equations
  • Used for Scientific and Engineering computing
  • well suited for Numeric Calculation and Scientific Computing
  • Changed computer programming forever.
  • Inspired by Autocode.
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