[tex-live] Fortran and Pascal sources

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Wed Oct 6 20:31:18 CEST 2010

2010/10/6 Philip Taylor (Webmaster, Ret'd) <P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk>:
> Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
>> On 6 October 2010 Norbert Preining wrote:
>>   >  I would suggest to let fortran rest in peace for the next 300
>>   >  years.
>> Means:  Fortran is the programming language of the future, but
>> mankind is not yet ready for it.
> Yes, I completely agree.  Automatic array bounds checking
> and integer overflow detection are clearly the work of

When I used fortran last time, there was no array bounds checking. It
was the most frequent cause of ABEND crashes of my programs. And there
was no dynamic allocation, if I wanted to make the program general for
different purposes, the arrays had to be very large, sometimes the
program allocated 1000 times more memory that it was actually needed.
And no functions and subroutines for working with strings. That's why
I started to use PL/I, then Pascal, C, C++, Java, etc.

> the Devil; just imagine if today's software had been
> compiled using such techniques -- how on earth could
> the virus-writing economy still be sustainable, and
> worse still, how could we continue to get our beloved
> "bus error" and "core dumped" messages ?
> ** Phil.

Zdeněk Wagner

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