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Shaping the Foundations of Programming Languages

Jeffrey Ullman and Alfred Aho conversing in Nokia Bell Labs hallway

Credit: Alexander Berg

ACM Turing award recipients Alfred Aho and Jeffrey Ullman met serendipitously, in the registration line for Princeton University's Ph.D. program. After graduate school, both joined the newly established Computing Science Research Center at Bell Laboratories, and their friendship turned into a productive collaboration that shaped the foundations of programming language theory and implementation. Here, they talk to us about languages, compilers, and the future of CS education.

You joined Bell Labs in 1967, during what many consider its heyday. What was it like?


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