Language change and code breaks

Michael Abbott at
Wed Jul 25 09:57:26 EDT 2001

Guido van Rossum <guido at> wrote in
news:cp7kwyqfce.fsf at 

> How did engineers cope with Fortran?  Fortran has long been the
> preferred language for engineers, after C.S. folks moved on to C and
> C++...

Fortran was utterly miserable.  With only six letters per identifier (and 
upper case only), you ended up with incomprehensible sequences of letters 
and numbers (typically a library prefix together with a subroutine 
identification number).

I expect the language has moved on by now, though!

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