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ReQuoting pt. 31 (Parsimonious Error Messages Edition)

Ken Thompson is known for parsimonious error messages. (The ubiquitous “?” from ed is [in]famous.) He mentioned a (FORTRAN?) compiler once (mercifully never released) that produced only two syntax error messages: JIM and JOE, for “Junk In Middle” and “Junk Off End”.

Tom Duff via langreiter

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