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Dick Hustvedt, the consummate software engineer
By Steve Lionel (Intel) Posted on 04/23/08 6
I've written a couple of "farewell" posts before, but this one is personal. I learned today that Dick Hustvedt died last week, and my heart is heavy. As I knew him, Dick was one of the principal architects and developers of the VAX/VMS operating system and a major force behind the development of ...
Doctor, it hurts when I do this!
By Steve Lionel (Intel) Posted on 03/31/08 11
It is often said that you can write bad code in any language, and I certainly can't argue with that. I do find, though, that the worst-looking code comes from programmers who are more familiar with another programming language. One can often tell that a C programmer wrote Fortran code, or that a ...
You Are In a Maze of Twisty Little Passages, All Alike
By Steve Lionel (Intel) Posted on 08/22/07 4
MAGIC WORD XYZZYFor computer geeks of a certain age, such as yours truly, it was an opportunity to relive the glorious past when Dennis Jerz announced that an early 1977 version of Will Crowther's Adventure game source code had been discovered. Adventure was one of the first puzzle-exploration ga...
Not Dead Yet!
By Steve Lionel (Intel) Posted on 05/25/07 7
At least once a week, I see someone refer to Fortran as a "dead" language. A recent interview I did included asking me if I worried about my job since "many people say there is no future in Fortran". So it was with some amusement that I ran across an article on the Computerworld web site titled T...
And a Farewell to John
By Steve Lionel (Intel) Posted on 03/20/07 1
John Backus, the creator of Fortran, passed away Saturday, March 17, at the age of 82. The New York Times has a nice obituary. I never met Mr. Backus, but my life and career has certainly been inflienced by his work.
A Farewell to Jean
By Steve Lionel (Intel) Posted on 03/05/07 3
If you asked me what my favorite programming language is, you might be surprised when I don't say Fortran. No, my favorite is Ada, the language named for the first computer programmer and the result of an international competition sponsored by the US Department of Defense. Jean Ichbiah, the creat...
Powerful Beyond Imagination
By Steve Lionel (Intel) Posted on 11/16/06 2
No, the title of this post isn't intended to refer to the new quad-core processors Intel announced yesterday (as I write this), though I suppose it could. Rather, it's the slogan of this year's SC06 (Supercomputing 2006) conference, whose US edition this year is being held in sunny Tampa, Florida...
Domestic or Imported?
By Steve Lionel (Intel) Posted on 10/05/06 4
One day while I was wandering the aisles of my local grocery store, a woman beckoned me over to a table and asked if I would like to "try some imported chocolate?" Neatly arrayed on the table were packages of Lindt, Toblerone, and... Ghiradelli? I asked the woman if California had seceded from th...
The long and winding road
By Steve Lionel (Intel) Posted on 09/25/06 0
The other day, I posted something in comp.lang.fortran in response to a post asking for a new feature in the Intel Fortran compiler. I suggested that the best thing to do was to submit an issue to Intel Premier Support asking for the feature since the more customers who ask for a feature, the eas...
Nifty Fifty!
By Steve Lionel (Intel) Posted on 07/24/06 3
2007 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Fortran language, which was first introduced in 1957. The British Computer Society is sponsoring a retrospective on Fortran in January - perhaps there will be a US event as well. Like most programming languages, Fortran, or FORTRAN as it was known back t...