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

Jay Jaeger cube1 at
Wed Sep 23 08:25:01 CDT 2015

On 9/23/2015 1:23 AM, Chuck Guzis wrote:
> On 09/22/2015 09:06 PM, Jay Jaeger wrote:
>> That is just because they are so old that, aside from collectors or
>> those interested in a particular old machine, nobody ever *bothered*.
>> By the time C came along, those machines were well on their way to their
>> eventual demise.
>> I am 100% certain, for example, that it would be possible to come up
>> with a C compiler for a 40K IBM 1410, which is in the set you describe.
>>   But even I, as one of the few denizens that are "into" that particular
>> machine, would not bother with a C compiler for it.
> Look, I can probably implement a C compiler (or FORTRAN or GPSS or
> JOVIAL or...) in Brainf*ck.  But a 1401 C would very likely be
> ill-suited to solving numeric problems compared to FORTRAN on the same
> platform.

Because ???

(As far as that goes, just about *anything* would be ill-suited to
solving numeric problems on a 1401 (or a 1410 for that matter - that
wasn't a typo).  The *machines* just weren't well suited for it, with or
without the floating point accelerator.  If you wanted that, you got a
7000 series machine).

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