Daily Archives: October 15, 2016

Sixty Years Ago Today

Sixty years ago today, Fortran, possibly the first modern computer language, is shared with the coding community for the first time. Originally developed by IBM, Fortran is a general-purpose, imperative programming language that was designed for numeric computation and scientific computing that dominated science and engineering program for decades.

Updated significantly in FORTRAN II (procedural programming), FORTRAN III (inline assembly), FORTRAN IV (logical data types and statements), FORTRAN 66 (ANSI standard), FORTRAN 77 (structured programming and character-based data), Fortran 90 (array and modular programming), Fortran 95 (high performance), Fortran 2003 (object oriented programming), and Fortran 2008 (concurrent programming), this ancient language is still in use today. In fact, due to the continued widespread use in the scientific community, the next version of Fortran (currently dubbed Fortran 2015) is intended to be completed mid-2018.

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