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Programming: Fortran

FORTRAN, in full Formula Translation, is a computer-programming language created in 1957 by John Backus that shortened the process of programming. This is a third generation programming language developed at IBM. Before this language programmers used Assembly language and Machine Code. So this language was a huge leap forward at it’s time.

Language Review

Here is an historical video for introduction to FORTRAN. It’s under 10 minutes long. I think you will enjoy to watch. I have no idea who has posted this but I have not created yet a video about FORTRAN so I will let you watch this instead. 

 

Why FORTRAN?

Fortran is still used today by mathematicians and physicians. And why? The language is old but it was revised several times to accommodate with modern computers. There are reasons for Intel to provide optimized compiler for two languages: C++ and Fortran.

Main reasons are these:

  • Performance
  • Easy to learn
  • Legacy code

Read more in this brilliant article:

http://moreisdifferent.com/2015/07/16/why-physicsts-still-use-fortran/

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