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10 January 2013

Byte Sized Languages Series

The first in my new series of one page articles, entitled 'Byte Sized Languages', appears in this week’s Micro Mart magazine, issue 1242.

A new article will appear each week.

Languages in the pipeline so far include FORTRAN, COBOL, Pascal, BASIC, C, C++, Java, C#, Objective-C, Visual Basic, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Python, SQL, ActionScript, Logo and R.

Here are a couple of extracts from the first article:

Dating back to the 1950's FORTRAN was one of the first computer languages to provide a practical alternative to assembly code.
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Even at this early stage it was designed to be an optimised complier, so program performance would approach that of pure assembly code.

The scientific and engineering programming community has a particular affinity with FORTRAN. Over the decades they've written million of lines of code and numerous domain-specific libraries.

These domains invariably have a strong mathematical nature such as weather forecasting and climate modelling, oil exploration, fluid dynamics simulation, or computational chemistry and physics. FORTRAN code is employed in a wide diversity of scientific research projects, including some at the famous CERN laboratories.

Head over to the Micro Mart website or my own author page to find a collection of past articles.

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