Fortran language

Posted on 2015-04-09
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2015-04-10

I've heard many times that Fortran is a programming language still usefull, even so it is more than fifty years old. Also I 've read that it was mainly applied to IBM mainframes for bank and finance businesses,

Is it still in that way? Is it only used for banks and for programming mainframes?
Question by:miyahira
  • 2
LVL 60

Accepted Solution

Bill Prew earned 668 total points
ID: 40714884
Yes, Fortran has been around a long time, I remember doing much of my college mathematics work in that language m-a-n-y years ago.

I don't think it's heavily used today, and not in banks, I would expect COBOL would be the old language you might see there still in use.

I think Fortran is still used in academic settings, as well as high performance computation applications.  Yes, I would expect it to be mostly on mainframes and supercomputers, doing large number crunching or scientific applications.

LVL 60

Expert Comment

by:Bill Prew
ID: 40714901
LVL 58

Assisted Solution

by:Joe Winograd, EE Fellow 2017, MVE 2016, MVE 2015
Joe Winograd, EE Fellow 2017, MVE 2016, MVE 2015 earned 668 total points
ID: 40714928
Fortran (which I always thought is an acronym for FORmula TRANslator, but Wikipedia thinks is FORmula TRANslating System) and Algol were the first two languages I learned in 1966, running on a Univac 1107 — ah, good times! Yes, Fortran was used on IBM mainframes (and other mainframes of the times, such as the BUNCH — Burroughs, Univac, NCR, Control Data, Honeywell), but it was not used heavily in banks/finance — that was the province of COBOL. Fortran was used primarily in scientific environments.

Fortran is still used today and there are even PC compilers for it. Here's an interesting thread about it at the Physics Forums:

Thanks for the trip down memory lane! Regards, Joe
LVL 10

Assisted Solution

scriven_j earned 664 total points
ID: 40715282
Last time I came across Fortran was in 1992 during work experience at Seismograph Services Limited (which no longer exists).  I used it to write a game that guessed your animal and learned each time it guessed incorrectly during the periods when I was sitting around waiting for a new piece of work!  I think it was running on Vax VMS.

 A quick search of the job sites shows a handful of jobs still exist with that as a requirement so it's definitely out there, but just supporting legacy systems I would imagine.  I don't think it is a bad language, it has just been superseded by C++ and other languages in the scientific arena.

Featured Post

Never miss a deadline with monday.com

The revolutionary project management tool is here!   Plan visually with a single glance and make sure your projects get done.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This applies to Dell but may also apply to other manufacturers as well. We ran across a few machines that just dropped recently it trust relationship with the server. After doing the basic removing and joining the domain again, it changed to No logo…
There’s hardly a doubt that Business Communication is indispensable for both enterprises and small businesses, and if there is an email system outage owing to Exchange server failure, it definitely results in loss of productivity.
In a recent question (https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29004105/Run-AutoHotkey-script-directly-from-Notepad.html) here at Experts Exchange, a member asked how to run an AutoHotkey script (.AHK) directly from Notepad++ (aka NPP). This video…
In a question here at Experts Exchange (https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29062564/Adobe-acrobat-reader-DC.html), a member asked how to create a signature in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (the free Reader product, not the paid, full Acrobat produ…

588 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question