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Re: st: Re: FORTRAN

From   Steve Samuels <>
Subject   Re: st: Re: FORTRAN
Date   Tue, 31 Aug 2010 08:42:41 -0400


FORTRAN was also my first language, followed by BASIC.  According to
Wikipedia, FORTRAN  originally _was_  an acronym, derived from IBM's
"Mathematical Formula Translating System".


Steven J. Samuels

On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 5:10 AM, Nick Cox <> wrote:
> Richard makes the point I wanted to make.
> As a side issue -- and declaring a history as another ex-Fortran programmer (for a while it was my only language...) -- FORTRAN was born that way, with an all caps name, in the style of the times. But as the name is not an acronym, Fortran is now standard spelling.
> Nick
> Richard Williams
> At 03:38 PM 8/30/2010, Michael I. Lichter wrote:
>>1. I second Tony's advice that you don't want to take the time to
>>learn FORTRAN (an ancient and nearly-dead language that I last
>>programmed in nearly 30 (!) years ago) if you can avoid it. Hire
>>somebody to help if at all possible.
> FORTRAN was old when the world was young.  Several billion people
> have been born and died since I last used it.  But according to
> Wikipedia, FORTRAN itself continues to thrive and prosper.  Among
> other things, Wikipedia says
> "Since Fortran has been in use for more than fifty years, there is a
> vast body of Fortran in daily use throughout the scientific and
> engineering communities. It is the primary language for some of the
> most intensive supercomputing tasks, such as weather and climate
> modeling, computational fluid dynamics, computational chemistry,
> computational economics, plant breeding and computational physics.
> Even today, half a century later, many of the floating-point
> benchmarks to gauge the performance of new computer processors are
> still written in Fortran (e.g., CFP2006, the floating-point component
> of the SPEC CPU2006 benchmarks)."
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