Fwd: Re: Architectural diversity - was Re: Pair of Twiggys

Fred Cisin cisin at xenosoft.com
Fri Mar 17 13:09:18 CDT 2017

>>>> In response to a question of who provided the Lisa FORTRAN, guy who
>>>> insisted that Valtrep was the predecessor of FORTRAN 'course he also
>>>> had OS/2 for the PDP-11, and a PROGRAM that could duplicate alignment
>>>> disks, . . .
>>> Isn't "Valdtrep" a Norwegian march by Johannes Hanssen?
>> It's Valdres https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valdres and Valdres
>> march.
> Oh, I know--I was making a joke.  It's a fine march and I've performed
> it in conCert bands many times.

and, although we don't know when YOU were playing it, the march had been 
around half a century, so was probably playing on the radio to inspire 
Backus.  Does that mean that Dan. might be right about it being the 
predecessor to FORTRAN?

OB_Trivia: Originally "FORTRAN" was a portmanteau of "FORmula TRANslation".
cf. Lewis Carroll, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portmanteau
(Q: Why would anybody make a computer language out of a big suitcase?
  A: for portability!)
In 1992?, the revised standard changed the official spelling from FORTRAN 
to Fortran, (Fortran 8X, Fortran 90)
Valtrep came long after FORTRAN, and had no discernable influence on 

Grumpy Ol' Fred     		cisin at xenosoft.com

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