[Beowulf] Fortran is Awesome

Lux, Jim (337K) James.P.Lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Mon Dec 3 17:25:41 PST 2018

My daughter took the CS101 class at her liberal arts college and it was Java.

Maybe that’s because it’s an employable skill – An enormous amount of day to day business software development is in Java.

As an Art History major, it’s not like she needs multidimensional arrays.  Good, bombproof string manipulation for her Latin grammar/translator project was more useful.   So Fortran and C are not big winners in that application development space. Java, Python, Basic would all have served adequately.

Jim Lux
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From: Beowulf [mailto:beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org] On Behalf Of Stu Midgley
Sent: Sunday, December 02, 2018 11:09 PM
To: Prentice Bisbal <pbisbal at pppl.gov>
Cc: Beowulf List <beowulf at beowulf.org>
Subject: Re: [Beowulf] Fortran is Awesome

indeed... and then Java...  what were people thinking?
On Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 5:06 PM Prentice Bisbal via Beowulf <beowulf at beowulf.org<mailto:beowulf at beowulf.org>> wrote:

Fortran was the second programming language I learned, behind BASIC. I took Fortran classes in high school, and then was required to take Intro to Fortran for Engineers class freshman year of college. As a result, I took multi-dimensional arrays for granted. Years later, I tried created a multi-dimensional array in C. What the hell, C?

Dr Stuart Midgley
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