Fortran, better known as a "FORmula TRANslator". Its primary use was in Scientific and Engineering disciplines. FORTRAN runs on big machines like mainframes, supercomputers, minicomputers and even down to 8 bit CP/M machines. It's a relatively portable language, however many vendors have extended the language in unique and incompatible ways. However over the years FORTRANs popularity has significantly waned, although there is still a significant amount of legacy code out there.
Fortran exists in many dialects.
- FORTRAN II (was also known as "FORTRAN with subroutines"?)
- FORTRAN IV
- FORTRAN 66
- FORTRAN 77
- FORTRAN 90
- FORTRAN 95
This is a simple FORTRAN program.
C23456789012345678901234567890 program hello print *, 'Hello!' end
Fortran is mentioned in the well-known rant "Real Programmers Don't Use Pascal".