Report Number: CS-TR-76-574
Institution: Stanford University, Department of Computer Science
Title: SAIL
Author: Reiser, John F.
Date: August 1976
Abstract: Sail is a high-level programming language for the PDP-10 computer. It includes an extended ALGOL 60 compiler and a companion set of execution-time routines. In addition to ALGOL, the language features: (1) flexible linking to hand-coded machine language algorithms, (2) complete access to the PDP-10 I/O facilities, (3) a complete system of compile-time arithmetic and logic as well as a flexible macro system, (4) a high-level debugger, (5) records and references, (6) sets and lists, (7) an associative data structure, (8) independent processes, (9) procedure variables, (10) user modifiable error handling, (11) backtracking, and (12) interrupt facilities. This manual describes the Sail language and the execution-time routines for the typical Sail user: a non-novice programmer with some knowledge of ALGOL. It lies somewhere between being a tutorial and a reference manual.