Book In-Jokes in...
Borland Pascal with Objects 7.0: Language Guide
(Borland International, 1992)
Check the index:
recursive loop See recursive loopI 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.
injoke - recursion
For early references to recursion injokes, I have this for you;
During the latter part of the 70גs and early 80גs (well before the גג¦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 גmini-computerג, גsuperminiן·computerג, גworkstationג etc. In addition to the well-known VAX from the גDigital Electronics Companyג (DEC), there were Data-General, Celerity, Prime computers and a bevy of others. During that time I worked with גPrimeג whose operating system was named (guess what) גPRIMOSג 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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