Why = = (and not just =)
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Mon Oct 20 02:22:54 CEST 2003
"Dennis Lee Bieber" <wlfraed at ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
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> John Roth fed this fish to the penguins on Sunday 19 October 2003 14:23
> > Fortran started the trend of using the same symbol, but Fortran
> > was unrepentently statement oriented, and had a rather restricted
> Pardon? There is a great difference between = and .eq. in FORTRAN.
> is the first standard Fortran I've seen that permitted symbols (=, <,
> >) in place of the dotted notation (.eq., .lt., .gt.)
But the dotted symbols came later. They weren't in the original Fortran's
in the 50s and 60s that I learned from...
The original Fortran was a syntactic mess - a large part of the impetus
for all the work on computer language syntax was caused by the
horrors of Fortran and COBOL syntax.
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