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Who knew? The UK Met Office has a new job opening for a space weather research scientist. However, I imagine it will be difficult to find a bright young researcher with expertise in FORTRAN. They may have heard about it from one of their professors....

www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/jobs/current-vacancies/002650



Fortran's still quite popular for scientific computing. It's about as easy to program as MATLAB, and there're automatic parallelization and optimization options in the compiler (so it's fast).

Probably most scientific code is written by grad students, who don't tend to be proficient programmers. They don't have the time or desire to learn C++.

Meanwhile, Fortran has improved quite a bit over the years: Fortran 90 introduced modules (similar to classes in C++), and Fortran 95/2003 introduced pointers. New code can be a lot cleaner than the old code and doesn't involve horrific, convoluted GOTO statements.

~w
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