Re: fun stuff in everything I touch
- I 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 email@example.com, 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.
> I 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.Very nice!
> Evan W
PS, if possible, could you make your emails appear with your first and
last name? Just seeing "Evan" may confuse (or scare off! just
kidding...) some people, as I'm the most frequent poster here.