Fortran without its legacy.

Toon Moene <>
26 Feb 2004 01:39:12 -0500

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From: Toon Moene <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 26 Feb 2004 01:39:12 -0500
Organization: Moene Computational Physics, Maartensdijk, NL
Keywords: Fortran, comment
Posted-Date: 26 Feb 2004 01:39:11 EST

Gentle Compiler Folk,

Recently, popped up. It petitions the
ANSI J3 committee to retire FORTRAN (I don't think we're allowed to do
so - however, we *do* have to vote for the continued existence of
previous Fortran Standards occasionally).

A more interesting question is (implicit in this site's "discussion"):

Would Fortran exist without its legacy code ?

I.e., would the current Fortran language, as defined by its Standard
(loosely called "Fortran 95") exist on its own merits ?

Please, discuss.
Toon Moene - - phoneto: +31 346 214290
Saturnushof 14, 3738 XG Maartensdijk, The Netherlands
Maintainer, GNU Fortran 77:
GNU Fortran 95: (under construction)
[I think the first response on the response page pretty much sums up why
Fortran is still an important language, and wishing otherwise won't make
it go away. It's still the only language for seriously high performance
numerical software. -John]

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