Collective memory

Bob Gailer bgailer at alum.rpi.edu
Tue Jul 8 20:23:52 CEST 2003


At 03:48 AM 7/8/2003 -0500, Richard Steiner wrote:

>Here in alt.folklore.computers,
>Dennis Lee Bieber <wlfraed at ix.netcom.com> spake unto us, saying:
>
> >Kevin Handy fed this fish to the penguins on Monday 07 July 2003 03:16
> >pm:
> >
> >> In FORTRAN, certial columns were allocated to specific purposes.
> >> 1-5 for the line number, 6 for comment/continuation, 7-75 for the
> >> program line, 76-80 for sequence numbers. [iirc]
> >        <g>
> >
> >        C in 1 for Comment
>
>Or an "*" in some compilers.
>
> >        Anything in 6 for Continuation
>
>...except a space.  :-)

Or the digit zero! I got caught by that when sequentially numbering 
continuation lines in col 6: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0... when it hit 0 the 
compiler saw it as a new line.

Bob Gailer
bgailer at alum.rpi.edu
303 442 2625
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