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2007\03\25@085526 by Carl Denk

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Was said:
> Fortran was the first high level language, and as such it was a
> brilliant idea and a major breakthru.
>  

Not sure of that, what was the year?? In 1960 MAD (Michigan Algorithm
Decoder) was used at the University of Michigan (USA). The main frame
was an IBM 650, followed a year later by a 790, both vacuum tube
machines. Before fall of 1963 a transistor IBM 7090 was used. The MAD
manual had a picture of Alfred E. Newman of MAD magazine fame on the
cover. Back then it was suggested that Wednesday evening you attend an
evening computer lecture. As a civil engineering student, we had to
punch our own cards, submit them for processing, a day or 2 later pick
them up and fix the usual typo's. The output was handed in as homework.
Problems included solving structural trusses, hydraulic flow, etc. (not
just plugging numbers in software). :)

2007\03\25@195408 by Orin Eman

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On 3/25/07, Carl Denk <spam_OUTcdenkTakeThisOuTspamalltel.net> wrote:
> Was said:
> > Fortran was the first high level language, and as such it was a
> > brilliant idea and a major breakthru.
> >
>
> Not sure of that, what was the year?? In 1960 MAD (Michigan Algorithm
> Decoder) was used at the University of Michigan (USA). The main frame
> was an IBM 650, followed a year later by a 790, both vacuum tube
> machines. Before fall of 1963 a transistor IBM 7090 was used. The MAD
> manual had a picture of Alfred E. Newman of MAD magazine fame on the
> cover. Back then it was suggested that Wednesday evening you attend an
> evening computer lecture. As a civil engineering student, we had to
> punch our own cards, submit them for processing, a day or 2 later pick
> them up and fix the usual typo's. The output was handed in as homework.
> Problems included solving structural trusses, hydraulic flow, etc. (not
> just plugging numbers in software). :)

Punch cards?  Luxury!

OK, the first real system I used ran BASIC over a 110 baud connection.
Saved programs by listing to paper tape.  At college we got to use
punch cards.  Turnaround was somewhat faster though... Then we
discovered the terminals connected to a PDP-11 running Unix and that
was the end of punch cards :)

Orin.

2007\03\26@100924 by William Couture

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On 3/25/07, Carl Denk <.....cdenkKILLspamspam@spam@alltel.net> wrote:
> Was said:
> > Fortran was the first high level language, and as such it was a
> > brilliant idea and a major breakthru.
> >
>
> Not sure of that, what was the year?? In 1960 MAD (Michigan Algorithm
> Decoder) was used at the University of Michigan (USA).

According to
  http://www.isi.edu/~iko/pl/hw3_fortran.html

The FORTRAN project was started in 1954, and FORTRAN I was
released in 1957.

Bill

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