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From: Rich Morin <rdm@cfcl.com>
To: TUHS main list <tuhs@minnie.tuhs.org>
Subject: Re: [TUHS] struct(1) revived! And a request for help
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2022 22:30:56 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <0C95C05B-53CA-4AF8-8E24-4C24D34ED053@cfcl.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CAKH6PiX69rpSQCVYcwVQeLCLR1AzT=jQChNRuH5=i6B-Dc_Feg@mail.gmail.com>

> On Jan 12, 2022, at 20:23, Douglas McIlroy <douglas.mcilroy@dartmouth.edu> wrote:
> 
> ... users' reports that the derived Ratfort was easier to
> understand than the Fortran they had written themselves.

In the late 70's, I started working on some Fortran code for an astrophysicist.  The code was written in Fortran II and I found it very difficult to read.  So, I turned it into VAX VMS Fortran 77 (not Ratfor, but a lot closer to it :-).

The scientist was _not_ happy, saying that he would no longer be able to read his code.  I informed him that (a) Fortran 77 was the current standard and (b) he was welcome to go back to his Fortran II version, but that he'd have to do so without my assistance.  He grumbled a bit, but acquiesced...

-r


  reply	other threads:[~2022-01-13  6:31 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2022-01-12 12:58 arnold
2022-01-13  4:23 ` [TUHS] Fwd: " Douglas McIlroy
2022-01-13  6:30   ` Rich Morin [this message]
2022-01-13 15:19   ` arnold
2022-01-13 22:21 ` [TUHS] " Skip Tavakkolian

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