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Subject: Re: On naming one's chess program

Author: Robert Hyatt

Date: 13:54:54 03/27/04

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On March 27, 2004 at 11:36:06, Steven Edwards wrote:

>On March 27, 2004 at 10:24:13, Robert Hyatt wrote:
>>On March 27, 2004 at 00:17:56, Steven Edwards wrote:
>>>Finally, the Best Chess Program Source Module Name That Can Appear In A Family
>>>"SuperBananaBeyond" from Chess 4.x
>You're right; I mis-remembered.  I did recall the placement of the "Beyond"
>correctly as BSB was modified version of the Beyond routine.
>From my CDC programming days, my recollection is that external symbols were
>limited to seven characters in length, so it's not clear how the BSB symbol was
>represented in CDC Compass.  Maybe it was not an external?  Local identifiers
>had a longer limit (like forty characters)?  I never saw the Chess 4.x Compass
>source, only the Fortran for Chess 3.x.

They were truncated.  The only trick was to be unique in the first N chars, but
I don;t remember wheter N was 6 or 8.  I had the chess 4.7 source _years_ ago as
Harry and I used it for sparring on a Cyber 176 Livermore Labs had...

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