|Assembler|| A Formula I race car.|
Very fast, but difficult to drive and expensive to maintain.
|FORTRAN II||A Model T Ford. Once, it was king of the road.|
|FORTRAN IV||A Model A Ford.|
|Fortran 77|| A Six-cylinder Ford Fairlane|
with standard transmission and no seat belts.
|COBOL|| A delivery van.
It's bulky and ugly, but it does the work.
|BASIC|| second-hand Rambler
with a rebuilt engine and patched upho,stery.
Your dad bought it for you to learn how to drive. You'll ditch the car as soon as you can afford a new one.
|PL/I||A Cadillac convertible with automatic transmission, a two-tone paint job, chrome exhaust pipes, and fuzzy dice hanging in the windshield.|
|C||A black Firebird, the all-macho car. Comes with optional seat belts (lint) and optional fuzz-buster (escape to assembler).|
|ALGOL 60||An Austin Mini. Boy, that's a small car!|
|Pascal||A Volkswagen Beetle It's small but sturdy. Was once popular with intellectuals.|
|Modula II||A Volkswagen Beetle with a trailer hitch.|
|ALGOL 68||An Aston Martin An impressive car, but not just anyone can drive it.|
|LISP||An electric car. It's simple but slow. Seat belts are not available.|
|PROLOG / LUCID||Prototype concept-cars.|
|Maple / MACSYMA||All-terrain vehicles.|
|LOGO||A kiddie's replica of a Rolls Royce. Comes with a real engine and working horn.|
|APL||A double-decker bus. It takes rows and columns of passengers to the same place all at the same time. But it drives only in reverse gear, and is instrumented only in Greek.|
|Ada||An army-green Mercedes-Benz staff car. Power steering, power brakes, and automatic transmission are all standard. No other colors or options are available. (If it's good enough for the Generals, it's good enough for you.) Manufacturing delays due to difficulties reading the design specifications are starting to clear up. Comes with a real engine and working horn.|