APL on Macs

APL on Macs

Post by David Gos » Sun, 08 Jul 2007 02:59:18

Dear All: I would like to do some APL programming after a lapse of some
twenty years. What is the best APL version for core 2 duo macs? And what
is the best refresher book to use?
Many thanks,
David Goss

APL on Macs

Post by TaliesinSo » Sun, 08 Jul 2007 12:05:06

On Fri, 6 Jul 2007 12:59:18 -0500, David Goss wrote (in article
<f6lvup$l2s$ XXXX@XXXXX.COM >):

I strongly recommend Dyalog APL which although not a Mac product in and of
itself runs quite well on a Mac under Vista of Windows XP which in turn run
under either Parallels Desktop or Boot Camp. I'm personally running Dyalog
APL under Parallels Desktop as I appreciate not having to reboot to run APL.

James Leo Ryan ..... Austin, Texas ..... XXXX@XXXXX.COM


APL on Macs

Post by Dick Bowma » Sun, 08 Jul 2007 15:20:47


Jim Ryan correctly mentions Dyalog; there is also APLX - which runs as a
native Mac application and is also a good modern APL.

APL on Macs

Post by Ted Edward » Fri, 13 Jul 2007 05:52:30

My strong preference is for IBM's APL2 but I don't believe they have a
Mac version nordo I know if it will run on the Mac virtual. There is a
free demo version that is time limited but not otherwise crippled and
the book, "APL2 at a Glance" by Brown, Pakin and Polivka is an excellent
starter or refresher. I have used it for teaching courses in APL along
with IBM's "Try APL2 for Free" as course software. I was teaching in an
electrical engineering and computer hardware environment where we made
much use of complex numbers as well as the usual advantages of nested


APL on Macs

Post by olegy » Mon, 16 Jul 2007 19:34:32

An APL that runs natively under Mac is J. It has cross-platform GUI
based on a lightweight Java toolkit, which on Core 2 processor
has the same perceived performance as Cocoa apps. There is a lot of
introductory and reference material on Jsoftware website and Wiki:


Oleg Kobchenko