|Re: FORTRAN inventor dies|
Message #16 Posted by Maximilian Hohmann on 22 Mar 2007, 11:18 a.m.,
in response to message #15 by Gerson W. Barbosa
1. Although my preferred programming language is GW-BASIC
2. I am glad FORTRAN is still alive.
3. It was the second programming language I was taught (Nevada FORTRAN, 1986). Because it took me quite a long time to graduate, as I moved from a course to another, various generations of computers, computer-languages, HP-calculators ...and even professors passed me by :-)
1. Oh yes, GW-Basic... somewhere in my garage I still have an hp-Version of GW-Basic (with floppy disk and manual - must be as precious now as a good hp-42 from the same vintage :-) ) for my hp-150, that is also somehwere in my garage.
2. As long as CATIA (V4) is in widespread use as a CAD system, FORTRAN will live! Unfortunately, at least from the point of view of a FORTRAN purist, they chose C/C++ for the successor Catia V5. But then, I can easily program in C as if it was Fortran, much to the disgust of my goto-hating computer-scienitist-colleagues ;-)
3. For me, it was actually the first language that I was properly taught (I had taught myself to program my dad's hp-67, my own Ti-59 and the PET 2001 that they bought at school during my last year). At the computer schience department of our university (Stuttgart, Germany) we dumb aerospace engineers were not allowed to touch any of the few proper terminals, but had to use keypunches to feed our example programs into the Control Data CDC 6600 mainframe (that had been the fastest computer on German soil not long before 1982 when I took the programming course).