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Comment: Re:Why .Net? (Score 1) 247

by alexandre_ganso (#46449393) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

People coming from the CS background just hate Fortran, but that thing just doesn't go away. Physics and Math people love it.

The performance excuse is mostly excuse, you can have pretty much the same performance with C or well-made C++. The fact is that it's easier to come from a mathematical model to code in fortran than in C.

Comment: Re:Why .Net? (Score 1) 247

by alexandre_ganso (#46449367) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

That depends on the small world you live at.

PHP WAS used for those things. People moved to ruby, python, etc. Which is bad, now when finally php does not suck anymore.

C is HUGE. The open-source world is C. Everything unix is C. Pretty much every compiler for other language is C. The embedded world is C as well.

Fortran is not legacy AT ALL. In my world, which is that of Supercomputing, about one third of new codes is in FORTRAN. It is simpler for the people in Math and physics fields to use it and achieve high speed using hundreds of thousand processors. (the other two thirds are roughly C and C++).

Perl and python are used for data analysis in science. And some R.

Python is used everywhere in Linux distributions.

Functional languages are used in wall street.

You can't even compare those with stuff like cold fusion.

Comment: Re:another design cue from apple? (Score 1) 408

by alexandre_ganso (#45595441) Attached to: Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

I know what those keys are for. Especially because I write daily in German, Portuguese, Spanish and occasionally in a couple of other languages, besides English.

And you know why the apple ones were created, and why they didn't use the already existing modifiers, right? And then why microsoft made those, as well. You can find it on the web.

You might not like the symbol (on the alt case, but never mind - the new keyboards call it alt now). I like the cmd symbol, which is the symbol for touristic landmarks in nordic countries.

Oh, and I am hardly a kid anymore.

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