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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing Laughing

The first computer I worked on used punch cards. I key punched my Fortran code.
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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rickrob wrote:
Laughing Laughing

The first computer I worked on used punch cards. I key punched my Fortran code.
Ny brother was a business major and he had to take FORTRAN, (If I'm not mistaken) COBOL was not yet invented. So he would carry a bunch of punch cards. He said it would suck if he misplace the order of the cards. Shocked

I still have a box of 5-1/4" floppies as well as 3.5" rigid diskettes. Confused
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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trained on FORTRAN and COBOL. I liked machine code better.
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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I was cleaning out the warehouse for a company move a few years ago, I found an unopened still shrink-wrapped box of 8" floppy disks -- the same ones I used in high school. I did some FORTRAN on punch cards in college, too. My professor made us use them for half the semester to pay homage to all the programmers that came before us -- before he showed us Turbo Fortran, which cut our programming time by 99%. My first job as a control systems engineer, I had to program a Texas Instruments control system in assembly language. The hard drive looked like a 35 gallon oil drum on casters.
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RolandR wrote:


That made me smile! Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rickrob wrote:
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The first computer I worked on used punch cards. I key punched my Fortran code.


Circa 1970 - My dad came home from work (Data Processing) and said, "Boys use these old cards for scrap paper, here are the new punch cards ... can you believe how small they are?!"
They were half the length of the old cards. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rickrob wrote:
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The first computer I worked on used punch cards. I key punched my Fortran code.


Ditto! I wrote an entire groundwater-flow model in Fortran on punch cards and debugged it! 550 lines. I kept those cards for years and finally threw them away. I have a bunch of 5.25 floppies - don't know why.
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