Today while browsing I stumbled across this rather old writing by Edsger W. Dijkstra. Particularly, this quote, which he considered to be "the truth that hurt", is what intriguing to me:
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.
Well, guess what, he got it wrong, mostly.
Maybe I shouldn't be too harsh. Maybe he did got it right for the language FORTRAN as he knew it. But Fortran as a language, is still alive and kicking. It is still being used as one of the primary language for Astrophysicist and computational scientist alike. Code written in Fortran is supported and run on many clusters and supercomputer to do simulations, including on one of the faster supercomputer on this planet.
This is my personal blog, a subset of my personal website. I am a graduate student in Computational Astrophysics, currently working on my dissertation for my doctoral degree. I am a computer hobbyist, mainly with interest in Linux and open source software. I am also interested in the subject of science and religion, especially from Christianity / Mennonite point of view. On my leisure, I play music, read, or just enjoying time with my wife.