The semicolon was introduced as a statement terminator in the ALGOL 60¹ programming language, which first appeared in 1960². Since then the semicolon has caused programmers headaches and countless working hours, trying to fix bugs caused by missing semicolons or semicolons in places, where they should not be.
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Uncharted territories of the early maps were marked with the warning: “Here be dragons.” Cartographers filled these areas with illustrations of dragons, sea monsters and other mythological creatures. Programmers use this phrase to refer to code that is completely unreadable but somehow works.
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