Know any Fortran programmers who need a more interesting job?

Paul Koning paulkoning at
Fri Oct 30 10:28:38 CDT 2015

> On Oct 30, 2015, at 5:29 AM, Liam Proven <lproven at> wrote:
> «Why NASA Needs a Programmer Fluent In 60-Year-Old Languages
> To keep the Voyager 1 and 2 crafts going, NASA's new hire has to know
> FORTRAN and assembly languages.
> »

Neat.  I would think that a large fraction of the membership of this list is qualified for that job.  Assembly language programming, on a machine with such large memory as 64k?  Sure.  Fortran?  Algol?  Even those who don't know can likely learn it easily.

The key requirement is the mindset needed to work on old computers, with (by today's standards) slow execution and small memory.  That's something most of us have, either from actually doing it, or from being interested in it.


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