From the Programmer’s Reference Manual of the IBM 704, dated 16 October 1956: Object programs produced by FORTRAN will be nearly as efficient as those written by good programmers. Well, you cannot say fairer than that, can you?
Having line numbers is pretty much essential for BASIC. This, and its half-brother FORTRAN were, after all, the inspiration for Djikstra’s “Goto considered harmful” – GOTO and the (later addition) GOSUBwere what we used before we had procedures and functions, never mind classes and methods. But Java (and hence Groovy) has no support for goto […]
October 2011 has not proved to be a good month for computer pioneers, and the death of John McCarthy, so soon after that of Dennis Ritchie means we have lost two of the most significant and influential of all. McCarthy was the designer of LISP which, with FORTRAN, holds the record of the oldest living […]