抄一堆Fortran语录 ZZ

Viktor posted @ Aug 11, 2008 04:13:01 AM in FORTRAN with tags fortran wikipedia , 2398 阅读

CITED FROM http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortran#FORTRAN_quotations

 

FORTRAN quotations

For a programming language with a half-century legacy, FORTRAN not surprisingly has accumulated its share of jokes and folklore.

 

[edit] From the historical record

  • God is Real, unless declared Integer. J. Allan Toogood, FORTRAN programmer.[15]
  • FORTRAN, the infantile disorder, by now nearly 20 years old, is hopelessly inadequate for whatever computer application you have in mind today: it is now too clumsy, too risky, and too expensive to use.Edsger Dijkstra, circa 1970.
  • "The sooner the world forgets that FORTRAN ever existed, the better." (imputed to Joseph Weizenbaum)
  • "95 percent of the people who programmed in the early years would never have done it without Fortran."Ken Thompson, circa 2005[16]
  • "The primary purpose of the DATA statement is to give names to constants; instead of referring to pi as 3.141592653589793 at every appearance, the variable PI can be given that value with a DATA statement and used instead of the longer form of the constant. This also simplifies modifying the program, should the value of pi change." —Early FORTRAN manual for Xerox Computers[17]
  • "Consistently separating words by spaces became a general custom about the tenth century A.D., and lasted until about 1957, when FORTRAN abandoned the practice."Sun FORTRAN Reference Manual
  • "People are very flexible and learn to adjust to strange surroundings — they can become accustomed to read Lisp and Fortran programs, for example."Art of PROLOG, Leon Sterling and Ehud Shapiro, MIT Press
  • "Warning: Go directly to Jail. Do not pass GO. Do not collect $200."Easter egg in the SDS/Xerox Sigma 7 FORTRAN compiler, when the statement GO TO JAIL was encountered. The message is from a Chance card in Monopoly.
  • "A computer without COBOL and FORTRAN is like a piece of chocolate cake without ketchup or mustard." — a fortune cookie from the Unix program fortune.

 

[edit] References in popular culture

  • Computer folklore has incorrectly attributed the loss of the Mariner 1 space probe to a typographical error in a Fortran program. For example, "Recall the first American space probe to Venus, reportedly lost because Fortran cannot recognize a missing comma in a DO statement…"[18].
  • In 1982, 10,000 Maniacs released a song named "Planned Obsolescence" that includes the repeated line — "Science [is] truth for life, in Fortran tongue the answer".
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