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Subject:  Re: FORTRAN??? Date:  1/31/2013  3:15 AM
Author:  ItsGoingUp Number:  40558 of 90949

LorenCobb wrote:
I remember one wag in the Computer Science department saying, "I don't know what language I will be programming in when I retire, but I know it will be named 'Fortran'."

That would be Tony Hoare (, at least I've always heard it attributed to him. Usually quoted as "I don't know what the programming language of the year 2000 will look like, but I know it will be called FORTRAN." I first heard it in the late '70s I think, about the time I was working on the world's first production FORTRAN 77 compiler.

My favorite quote of his is: "There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult."

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