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COMAL is a high-level programming language designed for educational purposes, particularly in the teaching of structured programming. An acronym for COMmon Algorithmic Language, it provides an accessible syntax that allows students to learn about variables, arithmetic operations, conditional statements (IF...THEN...ELSE), loops (DO...WHILE), procedures and functions. The language has roots in BASIC and Pascal but with simplified syntax rules to make it easier for new programmers to understand program flow and logic without getting bogged down by complex structure or lower-level details. In the past decades COMAL lost popularity due to its low compatibility outside educational environments and competition from more widely-used languages in industry applications.

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