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Re: Perl 80 Chars perl line Rule
in thread Perl 80 Chars perl line Rule
The rule is much older than you seem to think. Some of us still remember 80 column IBM punch cards. (Many versions of FORTRAN reserved the last eight of these for "sequence numbers")
...and long after that, my first, personally-owned puter: O1 with a (or is memory failing along with my eyes) a 5-inch, 52 column screen.
Ah, just rolling in the remembered joy of the DD and 80-col upgrades!
IIRC some computers like Apple II and/or CBM 4000 could be run with half width characters to achieve 80 chars/line.
PS: God bless my mum for allowing her nerd kid to book evening classes at an "adult education center" to play with "Komputer"s to learn science fiction technologies like BASIC and ASSEMBLER... =)