Rich kids are into COBOL

Fred Cisin cisin at
Wed Feb 18 09:41:52 CST 2015

> Microsoft FORTRAN for the PC was unimpressive.
> Integer sieve of Erastothanes ran slower than interpreted BASIC!

On Wed, 18 Feb 2015, Kelly Leavitt wrote:
> What version was that? In 1991
1983 Version 1.0
Hopefully it was improved by the time that you got it.

> I was using Microsoft FORTRAN on the PC
> for ground water modelling. The floating point matrix math was much
> faster than anything I could do in BASIC by several orders of magnitude.

The comparison was INTEGER, and not using any floating point (which
FORTRAN likes to call "REAL".

> I was a poor engineering student so this was my on my old Tandy 1000A
> with a 286 accelerator and 287 math chip.

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