Issue No. 02 - April-June (1997 vol. 19)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/85.586068
<p><it>Konrad Zuse was the first person in history to build a working digital computer, a fact that is still not generally acknowledged. Even less known is that in the years 1943-1945, Zuse developed a high-level programming model and, based on it, an algorithmic programming language called</it> Plankalkül <it>(plan calculus). The Plankalkül features binary data structure types, thus supporting a loop-free programming style for logical or relational problems. As a language for numerical applications, the Plankalkül already had the essential features of a "von Neumann language," though at the level of an operator language. Consequently, the Plankalkül is in some aspects equivalent and in others more powerful than the von Neumann programming model that came to dominate programming for a long time. To find language concepts similar to those of the Plankalkül, one has to look at "non von Neumann languages" such as APL or the relational algebra. This paper conveys the syntactic and semantic flavor of the Plankalkül, without intending to present all its syntactic idiosyncrasies. Rather, it tries to point out that the Plankalkül was not only the first high-level programming language but in some aspects conceptually ahead of the high-level languages that evolved a decade later.</it></p>
W. K. Giloi, "Konrad Zuse's Plankalkül: The First High-Level, "non von Neumann" Programming Language," in IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 19, no. , pp. 17-24, 1997.