Quoting Vincent Cunniffe <vincent at ariatele.com>:
> bobb wrote:
>> > Justin hath declared on Monday the 19 day of January 2004 :-:
> >>As a matter of interest, why are people using Fortran out there? Is it a
> >>case of legacy apps / code or
Because the numerical computation guys were given "Numerical Recipes in Fortran"
as a programming textbook by their professors,and told that "f77" was the
command to compile your program to runnable form.
Seriously, I work with people who know perfectly well that Fortran is considered
backwards, but they're writing really, really simple stuff (which just happens
to involve 10^15 floating point operations). Going with the idea that the most
important resource is the time of talented people, buying faster computers is
more efficient than retraining physicists.
Still, I have had the odd little problem where somebody ran a cut-and-pasted
32-bit pseudo-random number generator routines on a 64-bit CPU and was sitting
there looking stunned.
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