In article <mailman.10852.1402154644.18130.python-l...@python.org>,
Dennis Lee Bieber <wlfr...@ix.netcom.com> wrote:
> On 07 Jun 2014 04:57:19 GMT, Steven D'Aprano
> <steve+comp.lang.pyt...@pearwood.info> declaimed the following:
> >Swift is intended as a new generation *systems language*. The old
> >generation of systems languages are things like C, Objective-C, C#, C++,
> >Java, Pascal, Algol, and so forth. The new generation are intended to
> >fulfil the same niches, but to have syntax and usability closer to that
> >of scripting languages. Languages like Go, Rust, Ceylon, and now Swift.
> Pascal as a systems language? We must have major differences what
> constitutes a systems language then...
The original MacOS was written in Pascal (both applications and kernel).
Being able to touch memory locations or registers requires no more than
a few short glue routines written in assembler.