FORmula MAnipulation Compiler. J. Sammet & Tobey, IBM Boston APD, 1962. An extension of Fortran for symbolic mathematics. Versions: PL/I-FORMAC and FORMAC73.
[“Introduction to FORMAC”, J.E. Sammet et al, IEEE Trans Elec Comp (Aug 1964)].
[Sammet 1969, pp. 474-491].
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[fawr-muh l] /ˈfɔr məl/ adjective 1. being in accordance with the usual requirements, customs, etc.; conventional: to pay one’s formal respects. 2. marked by form or ceremony: a formal occasion. 3. designed for wear or use at occasions or events marked by elaborate ceremony or prescribed social observance: The formal attire included tuxedos and full-length […]
- Formal argument
programming (Or “parameter”) A name in a function or subroutine definition that is replaced by, or bound to, the corresponding actual argument when the function or subroutine is called. In many languages formal arguments behave like local variables which get initialised on entry. See: argument. (2002-07-02)
[fawr-muh l] /ˈfɔr məl/ noun, Aristotelianism. 1. See under (def 8b). [kawz] /kɔz/ noun 1. a person or thing that acts, happens, or exists in such a way that some specific thing happens as a result; the producer of an effect: You have been the cause of much anxiety. What was the cause of the […]