DIP 1028---Make @safe the Default---Community Review Round 1

Paulo Pinto pjmlp at progtools.org
Tue Jan 7 08:04:04 UTC 2020

On Tuesday, 7 January 2020 at 07:57:06 UTC, Ola Fosheim Grøstad 
> On Tuesday, 7 January 2020 at 07:14:43 UTC, Paulo Pinto wrote:
>> The very first systems programming language that introduced 
>> the concept of unsafe blocks was ESPOL, followed by NEWP for 
>> the Burrougs B5500, in 1961.
> Thanks for sharing, some fun stuff (Wikipedia):
> «The original designer of the project was a Texan and soon 
> started to describe the name as the answer to the question, "Is 
> it done yet?". NEWP sounded like a West Texas version of 
> "nope". Once the project was released, the name was "redefined" 
> to stand for "No Executive Washroom Privileges" - a description 
> of the type of person who would likely use the language.»
> Love how some obscure internal office humour 60 years later 
> makes it into an encyclopedia...
> :-D

It is also one of the oldest OS still being developed, nowadays 
it is known as ClearPath MCP, sold by Unisys, and security is 
naturally their main selling point.

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