OT: Language for the ages

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at gmail.com
Fri Oct 14 17:03:49 CDT 2005


Paul Koning wrote:
>>>>>>"Chuck" == Chuck Guzis <cclist at sydex.com> writes:
> 
> 
>  Chuck> So, here's my reasoning.  What was the programming atmosphere
>  Chuck> like in 1975?  ...
> 
>  Chuck> All this time FORTRAN has survived.  Still a great language
>  Chuck> for number crunching, it's withstood attempts by X3J3 to make
>  Chuck> it a completely opaque mess of features.  By and large, if you
>  Chuck> write a program in FORTRAN IV or 77, you can find a compiler
>  Chuck> for just about every machine ever made.
> 
> So has RPG, by the way.  My sister makes a very comfortable living
> writing in that language.  

As distasteful as it sounds, there are people I know making their living 
writing COBOL.

Peace...  Sridhar



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