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Submission + - FORTRAN is officially dead

slowbad writes: John W. Backus, who died last week at 82, led the team at IBM that created the programming language Fortran in the early '50s.

The story has received wide coverage in the general press for FORTRAN being the first widely used higher level computer language — which is commendable since the media usually covers more well-known biographies like the voice of Thurston Howell III and Mr. Magoo

... when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor. -- Fred Brooks

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