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Borland Pascal with Objects 7.0: Language Guide

(Borland International, 1992)

Check the index:
recursive loop     See recursive loop
I realize this is certainly not the first time this joke appears in print. Can anyone find older references?

Update: According to John Cowan, this joke probably appeared in print for the first time in 1983, with the publication of The Hacker's Dictionary by Guy L. Steele et al. There being no version control of the corresponding on-line JARGON.TXT file before 1990, the entry could have been placed in it any time between 1975 and 1982.

In The Hacker's Dictionary, BTW, the entry is recursion, not recursive loop. In the current version (4.2.3) of JARGON.TXT, we find:
recursion n.     See recursion. See also tail recursion.

tail recursion n.     If you aren't sick of it already, see tail recursion.

[Added 2000-01-01]
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Ittai Klein writes:
injoke - recursion
For early references to recursion injokes, I have this for you;
During the latter part of the 70ג€™s and early 80ג€™s (well before the ג€œג€¦1983 publication of The Hacker's Dictionary by Guy L. Steele et al.ג€) there was a spate of mid-size computers that came out on the market; these went by various terms such as ג€œmini-computerג€, ג€œsuperminiן·“computerג€, ג€œworkstationג€ etc. In addition to the well-known VAX from the ג€œDigital Electronics Companyג€ (DEC), there were Data-General, Celerity, Prime computers and a bevy of others. During that time I worked with ג€œPrimeג€ whose operating system was named (guess what) ג€œPRIMOSג€ ג€“ surprise. Anyway in the index of the users manual there was this:

Circular Reference see Recursion

And on another page

Recursion see Circular Reference

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