dlochrin at key.net.au dlochrin at key.net.au
Mon Nov 21 11:16:32 AEDT 2016

On Sunday 20 November 2016 18:54:28 Andy Farkas wrote:
> In a discussion about acronyms on IRC this weekend we brought up the BASIC computer language. This link was posted, a great read, and brings back many memories: "Fifty Years of BASIC, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal"
> http://time.com/69316/basic/

Fortran is an old language which is still around.  It's come a long way since Fortran IV, and Fortran 95 is even available as standard on this Linux system.  Later versions (2003 on) include support for such things as object-oriented programming and abstract interfaces.

The GNU website - https://gcc.gnu.org/fortran/ - states "The GFortran compiler is fully compliant with the Fortran 95 Standard and includes legacy F77 support.  In addition, a significant number of Fortran 2003 and Fortran 2008 features are implemented.".

My latest programming project (:-) was to write a couple of extensions to the LibreOffice spreadsheet package in Java.  The documentation on how to do this is pretty turgid but the actual integration is excellent, and includes "help" documentation, prompting on command entry, etc.

David L.

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