SNOBOL4 Books

The SNOBOL4 Programming Language (2nd edition)

Ralph E. Griswold, James F. Poage, and Ivan P. Polonsky, Prentice Hall, 1971.

Language reference/definition (aka the "Green Book")

Reprinted electronically in 2005 by Ron Stephens & Catspaw, Inc. by permission of AT&T.

NOTE on DjVu Files

DjVu (pronounced "déjà vu") is a computer file format originally developed at AT&T Labs, designed primarily to store scanned documents, especially those containing a combination of text, line drawings, indexed color images, and photographs. It uses technologies such as image layer separation of text and background/images, progressive loading, arithmetic coding, and lossy compression for bitonal (monochrome) images. This allows for high-quality, readable images to be stored in a minimum of space, so that they can be made available on the web.

See DjVu.org for readers.

Algorithms in SNOBOL4

James F. Gimpel, Wiley, New York, 1976.

(aka the "Orange Book")

The Macro Implementation of SNOBOL4

Ralph E. Griswold, W.H. Freeman & Co, 1972.

String and list processing in SNOBOL4; techniques and applications

Ralph E. Griswold, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1975.

SNOBOL programming for the humanities

Susan Hockey, Clarendon Press; Oxford University Press, New York; Oxford, 1985.

This book is an introduction to computer programming for non-scientific applications using SNOBOL, a computer language that runs on both mainframe and microcomputers and is particularly suitable for use in the humanities. Eight chapters cover all relevant aspects of SNOBOL and each contains example programs and a set of exercises. Chapter 9 introduces SPITBOL, a commonly-used superset of SNOBOL. The book ends with some hints on how to detect errors in the language and some suggested applications for SNOBOL on microcomputers as well as mainframes. Developed from a programming course given by the author at Oxford, this book should appeal to researchers in the humanities as well as to students.