Enlargement of FORTRAN compilers for data-acquisition use to include statements designed to handle interrupts is desirable.
For this purpose, a considerable number of additional statements have been added to the FORTRAN language.
This is true even in places such as Yale, where the design emphasizes a maximum use of FORTRAN.
computer programming language, 1956, from combination of elements from formula + translation.
language
(Formula Translation) The first and, for a long time, the most widely used programming language for numerical and scientific applications. The original versions lacked recursive procedures and block structure and had a line-oriented syntax in which certain columns had special significance.
There have been a great many versions.
The name is often written "FORTRAN", harking back to the days before computers were taught about lower case, but ANSI decreed, in about 1985 via the ANSI FORTRAN Technical Committee TC, that it should be "Fortran".
See also: Fortrash.
[Was Fortran I the first version?]
(2000-07-07)