Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Mar 2007 21:42 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
General Development John Backus, whose development of the Fortran programming language in the 1950s changed how people interacted with computers and paved the way for modern software, has died. He was 82. Backus died Saturday in Ashland, Oregon, according to IBM, where he spent his career. Prior to Fortran, computers had to be meticulously 'hand-coded' - programmed in the raw strings of digits that triggered actions inside the machine. Fortran was a 'high-level' programming language because it abstracted that work - it let programmers enter commands in a more intuitive system, which the computer would translate into machine code on its own.
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what about BNF?
by gadget00 on Thu 22nd Mar 2007 05:47 UTC
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I prefer to thank mr. Backus for the BNF forms; they have compelled absolutely great with what we know today as programming and compiling. Thank God for him!

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