Wednesday, March 21, 2007

John Backus is dead.

John Backus was the inventor of FORTRAN. In addition to being the first high-level computer language, FORTRAN was the first language I personally learned, and it's still in widespread use today. That's a legacy to be proud of.

He died on March 17th, 2007, in his own home, of old age. Plain, honest old age. Now that's the way to go.

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