(j3.2006) Units of measurement in Fortran

Bill Long longb
Thu Apr 21 18:01:22 EDT 2011

On 4/21/11 4:41 PM, Van Snyder wrote:
> On Wed, 2011-04-20 at 22:06 -0700, Keith Bierman wrote:
>> On Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 12:21 AM, Van Snyder<van.snyder at jpl.nasa.gov>
>> wrote:
>>          I was an official reviewer for DoD-1, which became Ada.  I
>>          tried in about 1981-1983 to convince DoD to include units in
>>          Strawman, then in Woodenman, then in Tinman, then in Steelman,
>>          then in Red, Green, Yellow, and Blue, then in Ada when it
>>          finally had a name.  Colonel Whittaker said "Huh?"...
>> http://labs.oracle.com/projects/plrg/faq/index.html
>> But it's obviously not Fortran.next
> Interesting.  It seems that Fortress has incorporated, and is being
> praised for incorporating, at least two things that I have been
> advocating for Fortran for a very long time: physical units and
> dimensions (although this is not entirely a static problem), and
> explicit fork-join constructs.
> It seems that the thundering herd of "new" ideas is poised once again to
> leave Fortran in the dust.

In the same way that the long list of other new languages have been 
poised to leave Fortran in the dust?

I have not heard that much "praise" for Fortress, outside of 
self-promoting from the developers.


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