Structured Fortran - was Re: Self modifying code, lambda calculus

Toby Thain toby at
Mon Sep 21 19:41:22 CDT 2015

On 2015-09-21 5:58 PM, Paul Koning wrote:
>> On Sep 21, 2015, at 5:33 PM, Chuck Guzis <cclist at> wrote:
>> On 09/21/2015 01:37 PM, Dave G4UGM wrote:
>>> I wrote X.25 software in Fortran:-(. We had some machine specific
>>> routines to allow the Fortran code to wait for a packet to arrive.
>>> There was also a huge vector of strings with matching integer arrays
>>> that allowed them to be chained together, and to have types allocated
>>> to them There were also a large number of "INCLUDE" files with a
>>> parameters which defined the structure of data stored in the
>>> character vectors....
>> PASCAL was first implemented in FORTRAN.
> Really? I find it hard to imagine that Wirth would use Fortran for a
compiler. Never mind his background in structured languages -- writing a
compiler in Fortran is just much harder. Not as hard as writing one in
COBOL, but still...

Almost bearable in Ratfor/WATFOR/WATFIV though. Ref: "Elements of 
Programming Style."


> 	paul

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