23230Re: fun stuff in everything I touch
- Oct 30, 2011I think I have a LARGE looseleaf book, probably 40 yrs old, of
IBM scientific subroutine package written in FORTRAN. MARCH can have it for their library.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, system@... wrote:
> "Jeff Jonas" <jeff_s_jonas@...> writes:
> >Rolf Levenbach donated some wonderful things to MARCH. I was reading
> >about = the Bellmac 8 CPU and will soon post a web page about the
> >interesting archi= tectural gems in that chip that other processors
> >re-discovered years later,= such as register windowing.
> >I'll soon forward the 1975 book "Programming Languages: Design and
> >Implemen= tation" by Terrence W. Pratt to the MARCH library. It is SO
> >70s: discusses = FORTRAN, ALGOL 60, COBOL, PL/I, LISP 1.5, SNOBOL 4, APL
> >Who'd imagine that ALL those languages would become obsolete?
> I still come across sites using Fortran; especially, those doing scientific
> research because of the powerful intrinsic mathematical functions available
> in Fortran. Fortran 90, IIRC, added modern features like POINTER and the
> ALLOCATABLE types. I did, however, have both of these available to me in
> Fortran-77 when I consulted on a project for the US Navy in the early '80s
> with DEC Fortran.
> PL/I and, moreso, COBOL are still quite popular in the financial/business
> realm. In fact, I have my hands in a huge installation, soon to go live,
> for a major "transportation" product's logistics. It has all been written
> in COBOL save for some pieces of "glue" requiring O/S interfacing (I wrote)
> to provide user authentication, impersonation, security and several other
> things that COBOL app coders simply don't comprehend.
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