Algol vs Fortran was RE: VHDL vs Verilog

Dave McGuire mcguire at
Mon Feb 8 17:58:57 CST 2010

On Feb 8, 2010, at 6:50 PM, N0body H0me wrote:
>>> Let's see--the last standard revision to FORTRAN was Fortran 2003;
>>> that to Algol was, what, Algol-68?
>> Umm I still like Fortran IV. I know you can get II or IV for the  
>> PDP8.
> Here, here.  The thing that impressed me about FORTRAN (well, as
> as science major, anyway) was that it could do complex numbers as
> a *NATIVE* datatype!!  Now, I know for you OOP and C++ guys, custom,
> exotic datatypes are a dime a dozen. But in 1980, I was sure glad
> I could do complex math without all of the extra baggage that would
> have been necessary if I had to use, say, BASIC-Plus.

   Yeah, but how often do those C++ custom exotic datatypes map to  
real datatypes supported by the hardware?  (in other words, which  
ones will actually be FAST?)

> Now I'm all nostalgic.  Time to dredge up the the ol' 11/73 from
> storage . . . .

   That sounds like the Right Thing To Do(tm).


Dave McGuire
Port Charlotte, FL

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