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Pyrrho
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FORTRAN

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Because yeah.

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Fortran is a 63 y.o. programming language developed by IBM for scientific and engineering applications. Its name is an acronym from FORmula TRANslation , and still being in use for that purpose.

It’s a general-purpose programming language, but best suited for computationally intensive areas like computational physics, computational chemistry, high-performance computing and so.

Many programming languages were based on or influenced by, Fortran. And it has received many updates among the years, last one in 2018.
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Re: FORTRAN

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Show of hands please.

Who here has done FORTRAN on the job, even just a little bit, at some point in their career?

Boardman Road Laboratories of IBM, 1980s. Just a little bit. They were making the switch to PL/1 :oldman:
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Re: FORTRAN

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Teeny bit back in the mid 70's, went to ALGOL though.
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Used it back in the 80's. Learned it for an NEC in Computerized Automatic Test Equipment. Used it sparingly for the next four years. Taught it a little as a navy instructor. Not a hater.

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Re: FORTRAN

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Never programmed on the job, but I had a Fortran course when I was a student and used it a very little bit during a summer job (to punch cards of a specific color, ha ha!).

I will remember to the end of my life the dreaded LINKAGE EDITOR CANNOT CONTINUE. :x

That being said, Fortran has become a slick language. Here's a free compiler with a nice IDE (does C++ too): https://www.silverfrost.com/.

And there's also an Algol 60 somewhere, for ed. :mrgreen:

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Re: FORTRAN

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Algol 60, thats what it was.
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