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JOVIAL (Jules' Own Version of the International Algebraic Language) is a high-level computer programming language. It was designed for aerospace and military applications in 1959 by Jules Schwartz at System Development Corporation (SDC), first released in 1960. The syntax of JOVIAL is similar to ALGOL, allowing it to be more easily understood by non-programmer personnel involved in software development. This feature makes it particularly useful for mission-critical real-time systems and embedded avionics programs where reliability, maintainability, and hardware control are essential. Despite its age, JOVIAL codebases still exist today due to the long life cycles of systems like those found in defense equipment.

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