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Atlas Autocode

Atlas Autocode was one of the earliest programming languages and was developed for the University of Manchester's Atlas computer in 1961. Intended as a high-level language that could be easily used by non-specialist users, Atlas Autocode simplified arithmetic operations and supported conditional and iterative control structures. When transcribed into machine code, programs written in this language were more efficient than those coded manually using assembly or machine code. The creation of the Atlas Autocode significantly contributed to a wider acceptance of programming languages among non-expert users, proving that computers could be operated without highly specialized knowledge.