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Re: [SLE] new v9.2 is out-terminal question
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2004 10:31:26 -0400
  • Message-id: <417E5FBE.2080903@xxxxxxxxxx>
Allen wrote:

Outside of a high school Fortran class, my first programming experience
was for the Datapoint 2200, which used the same instruction set, as the
Intel 8008 (the first 8 bit) microprocessor. The 2200 was originally
supposed to use the 8008, but it proved to be too slow, so Datapoint
built their own CPU board instead.

What is Fortan like? Was it fun too use? I'm no coder at all, but I've
forced myself too wrote at least "Hello, World! in C, C++, VB, QBASIC,
PERL, And some C scripting language I found online about 2 years ago. I did
it not so I could say I did, but so I would at least understand how
programming worked.

Fortran was designed as a scientific & engineering language (it's name was derived from FORmula TRANslation), but in general a lot of the concepts you find in other languages are also there. I have never used Fortran, other than in those classes and another course at a local college, so I can't speak from much experience with it. One thing though, is that it was originally used with punch cards, and the resulting characteristics are still evident.

There is a *LOT* of science and engineering software available and I've even seen CDs full of stuff from NASA. You can run Fortran on Linux, if you choose. SuSE Pro includes a Fortran compliler.

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