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Re: [xml-dev] More predictions to mull over

On 2/14/07, Elliotte Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu> wrote:
> Len Bullard wrote:
> > We've had the same '… is dead' predictions for lots of languages and
> > technologies.   We've been having the same debates on the VRML/X3D lists
> > since those statements from the gamers that 'no one serious does
> > anything with…." some months ago.  Fortran is still out there, Cobol is
> > still out there and any time someone says 'yes, but who cares', check
> > out which language is running a lot of missile control systems and which
> > one is still running a lot of banks.  Densities change but not the fact
> > of for a sizable x there is some evidence of n.
> >
> Dead or dying. CORBA is dead. DOS, Cobol and Fortran are dying. I teach
> at an engineering school, and I'm one of the few people there (including
> among the faculty) who knows anything about Fortran. I don't know anyone
> who still uses it, though probably there are still a few physics
> professors who are happily coding away in Fortran, but they'll all
> retire in the next few few years.

I was at a party about 3 years ago where a 22 year old physics student
told me that the only language he knew was Fortran and it was quite
widely used in his discipline. I think it had something to do with

Bryan Rasmussen

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