On 10/6/07, John W. Kennedy <jwkenne / attglobal.net> wrote:
> Logan Capaldo wrote:
> > You bring up an excellent point. Where the hell did "for" come from
> > anyway? Only thing I can think of is "for all x in X" kinds of
> > statements from math, but thinking about it now,  "for" seems like
> > such a weird word. I just looked it up, man is this word overloaded:
> > http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/for
> > If I ever create a language, the word "for" shall not appear as an
> > interation construct in it.
>
> Where it /came/ from is ALGOL:
>
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Doesn't look especially clear there either. I was more asking about
what the rationale behind the choice of the word "for" in any
programming language was for looping, not the first programming
language that did so. But thanks for the history :)