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RIP John W. Backus - John W. Backus, 82, Fortran Developer, Dies

John W. Backus, who assembled and led the I.B.M. team that created Fortran, the first widely used programming language, which helped open the door to modern computing, died on Saturday at his home in Ashland, Ore. He was 82.

He was never in better form than when he worked with Naur.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 20th, 2007 10:33am
Dupe, and w/ posts being so slow...

_And_ you missed the connection to all the Fortran quotes.
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March 20th, 2007 10:47am
> Ubi sunt qui ante nos

How silly of me not to notice.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 20th, 2007 11:31am
I read this thread as "Jack Bauer."
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March 20th, 2007 11:37am
I read this thread as "Mr. Magoo", originally voiced by Jim Backus of Gilligan's Island (Mr. Thurston Howell the third) fame.

But of course, Jim Backus passed some time ago.

It's fascinating that Fortran was first created in 1957.  I dealt with Fortran 77, and Fortran 90.  I never liked the language, really, but it's fascinating to see where it came from.

When you're the first person doing something, some of the warts the result contains are inevitable.

And of course, there's still Backus-Naur form, which is used to this day in specifying languages.