One of FORTRAN Developers Died

I took a college course on FORTRAN in college. At the time I was a Pre-Engineering major with aspirations to transfer to a program requiring it. In my entire educational career I haven’t taken much in programming classes:

  1. QBasic
  2. Fortran
  3. Java

Actually, that is all the programming languages I’ve learned (and through lack of use forgotten). By contrast, all of the markup and scripting languages I’ve learned have been self taught on the job. I still use most of them today. Lucky me!

A principal developer of FORTRAN died today.

John W. Backus, 82, Fortran Developer, Dies – New York Times:

John W. Backus, who assembled and led the I.B.M. team that created Fortran, the first widely used programming language, which helped open the door to modern computing, died on Saturday at his home in Ashland, Ore. He was 82.

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