I am looking for a compiler or interpreter for Plankalkül, the first high level (machine-independent), von Neumann - language ever invented.

It would be ideal if it could be compilable on a Linux command line, but any solution would make me happy.

The FU-Berlin version (linked even from the Wiki page) is from 2002 and doesn't compile on current linuxes without major modifications.

  • Did you ever find one?
    – gerrit
    Dec 12, 2019 at 19:12
  • @gerrit No. Actually it was even hard for me to find a specification. I think now, the fu-berlin version could relative easily actualized, and that should be done.
    – peterh
    Dec 13, 2019 at 15:04

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I found an interpreter, but its last commit is 1 year ago: https://github.com/peter-shoes/plankalkul

This is an interpreter written in java for the Plankalkül language, originally created by Konrad Zuse. I found that there was only a compiler written, and it required you to use the 2D matrix originally designed by Zuse. This interpreter allows you to use the updated "Plankalkül 2000", or linearized Plankalkül, developed by Raúl Rojas, Cüneyt Göktekin, Gerald Friedland, Mike Krüger, Olaf Langmack, and Denis Kuniß.

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    May 14, 2023 at 16:58

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