|Re: What makes a language popular? firstname.lastname@example.org.COM (1987-07-30)|
|Re: What makes a language popular? harvard!rutgers!petsd!cjh (1987-08-03)|
|Re: What makes a language popular? harvard!seismo!mcvax!doc.ic.ac.uk!dcw (Duncan C White) (1987-08-06)|
|Re: What makes a language popular? msf@amelia.UUCP (1987-08-11)|
|Re: What makes a language popular? ames-pioneer.arpa!eugene@ames.UUCP (Eugene Miya N.) (1987-08-24)|
|Date:||11 Aug 87 20:00:38 GMT|
|References:||<331@hubcap.UUCP> <627@ima.ISC.COM> <638@ima.ISC.COM> <644@ima.ISC.COM>|
|From:||msf@amelia.UUCP (Michael S. Fischbein)|
|Organization:||NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton VA|
In article <644@ima.ISC.COM> Duncan C White <harvard!seismo!mcvax!doc.ic.ac.uk!dcw> writes:
>How many people, when asked a question about PASCAL's syntax, will
>say "hang on while I get out my copy of the ISO standard"... and
>how many will reach for their Jensen and Wirth ?
Well, we don't use much Pascal here, and we don't have many arguments
about C (not too many C programmers here). But we DO do a lot of FORTRAN.
When problems in porting a program between machines come up, we DO reach for
the ANSI/ISO/FIPS standard (all the same document) to figure out who was
right and who was wrong (as far as it being FORTRAN that is; most of the
"wrong" stuff is an extension of the standard).
FORTRAN of course, may be different (:-)) from other languages; particularly
it doesn't have a K&R or J&W equivalent.
Michael Fischbein email@example.com
These are my opinions and not necessarily official views of any
[I suppose it helps that the Fortran standard is quite readable, unlike,
say, the PL/I standard. This discussion is too far afield from compilers,
so I'm sending it to comp.lang.misc. -John]
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