On Mar 16, 2017, at 9:28 PM, ben via cctalk <cctalk
at classiccmp.org> wrote:
But was FORTRAN that portable?
Other than the IBM 1130 I cannot think of a small computer
that had ample I/O and memory to run and compile FORTRAN. All the
other 16 bitters seem to more paper tape I/O.
I suspect 90% of all university computers ended up as IBM 360
systems. A few ended up with the VAX, but who knows what they
I know of FORTRAN implementations for one's complement machines with word length of
24, 27, and 60 bits, decimal machines (IBM 1620), two's complement machines of 12, 16,
48 bit words, just to pick a few. FORTRAN implementations tended not to be all that
demanding of resources: 4k words is a typical minimum.
I think a lot of high level languages are quite portable. ALGOL is not as widely ported
but not because it's inherently harder. PASCAL was ported to many different machines
too. C is a bit of an anomaly because it's more like a high level assembly language,
so it has portability limitations that many other high level languages don't run