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 for XPL
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  XPL
  
      A small dialect of PL/I developed at Stanford
     in 1967-69, used for compiler writing.  XPL has
     one-dimensional arrays.  I/O is achieved with character
     pseudo-variable INPUT and OUTPUT, e.g.
  
     	OUTPUT = 'This is a line';
  
     It has inline machine code.  "Programmers are given all the
     rope they ask for.  Novices tend to hang themselves fairly
     frequently."  XPL has been implemented on IBM 360, Univac
     1100, ICL System 4, CDC 6000 and Cyber series, XDS
     Sigma-5 and Sigma-7, DEC PDP-10, IA32, FreeBSD and
     Linux.
  
     An optimising XPL compiler (version 1) by Robin Vowels
      is a standard implementation of XPL
     and is based on McKeeman, Horning, and Wortman's improved
     XCOM (which employs hashed symbol table generation).  It
     includes the extra built-in function COREHALFWORD.
  
     The following areas have been optimised: procedures calls when
     the argument and corresponding parameter are of the same type,
     and when the argument is a constant; constant subscripts; use
     of CORELHALFWORD and COREWORD; string constants of length one;
     iterative DO statements by transferring code to the end of the
     loop.
  
     String constants of length one do not require a descriptor,
     hence more descriptors are available for string variables.
     Comparison operations are treated as commutative, and an
     improved Commute algorithm is used.  Halfword instructions are
     generated for BIT(16) variables.
  
     These areas have been improved or re-written: calls on OUTPUT,
     catenation, integer-to-string conversion, multiply, divide,
     and MOD.  An emitter for SS-type instructions has been added.
     The compiler achieves an 11% reduction in object code
     compiling itself, an 11% increase in compilation rate, a 55%
     increase in compilation speed when the $E toggle is set.
     Special treatment for catenating a string to an integer
     substantially decreases consumption of the free string area,
     and decreases string moves.  The latter improvement is most
     noticeable on small core machines.
  
     Core requirements: less than the improved XCOM on which it is
     based (approx. 98000 bytes).  Symbol table size is 468.
     Ported to IBM System 370.  The compiler is written in XPL.
     The code generators are machine-specific.
  
     ["A Compiler Generator," W.M. McKeeman et al, P-H 1970].
  
     [JCC, AFIPS 1968].
  
     (2017-09-17)
  

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