FORTRAN is one of the oldest high-level languages and remains the premier language for writing code for science and engineering applications. (NOTE- The back of the book uses Fortran but the spell checker I am using insists on FORTRAN. As a fan of capitol letters, I don't mind going along.)Was this book written in
- The 1960's
- the 1970's
- the 1980's
- the 1990's
- the 2000's (meaning 2000-2009)
- the 2010's (meaning 2010-2012)
- How much is FORTRAN used? Perhaps more than you might think: Its in packages that have been running smoothly and quickly for a long time. It may not be worth it to swap it out for C or C++ or something else. However, it may be hard to modify.
- How much new code in FORTRAN is being written? I suspect not much. UMCP does not have a course in it. Does your school?
- Since people are not learning FORTRAN we will we become like one of those Science Fiction Aliens who says: Our ancestors left us these machines,but over time we only know how to operate them, not how to fix them or build new ones.
The book is Modern Fortran by Clerman and Spector. The book came out in 2012 (I really need to dust my shelves). I doubt that FORTRAN is the premier languages for writing code in science and engineering. But how far off the mark is this? As always I ask non-rhetorically.