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Fortran - G*ds own language.
50 years old and still used in super computing.

From 'programming quotes':
- The determined real programmer can write Fortran programs in any language.....
- The real programmer might compromise his principles and work on something slightly more trivial
than the nuclear destruction of the world. Still, he will be using Fortran.
- Fortrans tragic fate has been its wide acceptance, mentally chaining thousands and thousands of programmers to our past mistakes. Edsger W. Dijkstra.
- Computer language design is just like a stroll in the park. Jurassic Park, that is. Larry Wall.

You could run this on a Cray 1:
PROGRAM HELLO WRITE(*,10) 10 FORMAT('Hello, world!') STOP END

And wauw - you can comment things out ...
PROGRAM HELLOW
* The PRINT statement is like WRITE,
* but prints to the standard output unit
PRINT*, '(A)', 'Hello, world'
STOP
END



October 2009

www.simonlaub.net

Pics from visit to the Computer Museum, Mountain View, CA. - Visible Storage display items.