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PL/8 was a teaching language developed in the late 1960s at IBM by Thomas G. Sanborn and John R. Wood. The PL/8 compiler had been implemented on the IBM System/360, later ported to System/370 mainframes. The language's design aimed to introduce students to structured programming concepts by resembling the syntax of ALGOL 60, but with simpler control structures and fewer features to make it easier for beginners to comprehend. This made PL/8 an attractive starting point for future programming languages like Pascal (one of its influences) that were used in academia and industry toward the end of the 20th century.

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