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HOPL - History of Programming Languages

Bruce Axtens
Programmed Canon Canola calculators in 1977. Assorted platforms and languages ever since. Assisting with I am NOT looking for work -- I've got more than enough to do.
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As many are aware, there is an online museum of programming languages called HOPL, which (sadly) is currently down while we change servers and seek funding. The Wayback Machine has some scrapes of the site for those interested. Wikipedia has many links back to HOPL. Unfortunately, these are all going to 404 until we can get things going again.

(The Wayback Machine has all kinds of cools stuff in its archive. Have you ever been trying to find a magazine article that used to be somewhere but isn't anymore? Wayback Machine!)

We have a shop window of sorts over on Facebook at HistoryOfProgrammingLanguages where we've been posting information, albeit sporadically, about languages, especially ones that currently are not in the main database. According to the main site, I'm the librarian in charge of 1990 to present. I'm am so far behind, it's not funny.

A couple of years ago, in a burst of energy, I posted Notes about some of the backlog. I hope very soon to have another burst of energy, but there have been so-o-o-o-o-o-o-o many languages developed since 1990. When I get back to it again, I'll also post here. Watch for "[HOPL]" in the subject line.

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Thomas Dillard

Hey, Noticed that is still down. Any new information?

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Bruce Axtens Author

I spoke to the curator on Friday. He's trying to find funding to keep the resource available. We might crowd-fund but there are a couple of possible donors we'd like to canvass first.

Microsoft have also changed things at the server end: the in-house software that we developed to run the site may not actually work once we get online again.

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Andriy Makukha • Edited

Two months later it's still down... :(

Let me know if you need any help with fixing the website.

I could probably host it on my server as well.

P.S. Wayback Machine didn't save much of the information. For example:

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Bruce Axtens Author

Working now. Needs help. See recent posting

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Bruce Axtens Author

Now up and needing some help with resuscitation. See recent posting.