Physics: Fortran 95 for scientists
Fortran (formerly FORTRAN, derived from "Formula Translation") is a general-purpose, imperative programming language that is especially suited to numeric computation and scientific computing. Originally developed by IBM in the 1950s for scientific and engineering applications, Fortran came to dominate this area of programming early on and has been in continuous use for over half a century in computationally intensive areas such as numerical weather prediction,finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, computational physics and computational chemistry. It is a popular language for high-performance computing and is used for programs that benchmark and rank the world's fastest supercomputers.Fortran encompasses a lineage of versions, each of which evolved to add extensions to the language while usually retaining compatibility with prior versions. Successive versions have added support for structured programming and processing of character-based data (FORTRAN 77), array programming, modular programming and generic programming(Fortran 90), high performance Fortran (Fortran 95), object-oriented programming (Fortran 2003) and concurrent programming (Fortran 2008).
Some programming knowledge is always a good thing.My son is enjoying it, and lamenting that classes aren't going deep enough into programming subjects.
Pascal and Modula/2 are two good languages, especially when they come with the OO extension. I'd like to see them in the list.
He's a senior in college now, graduates in December, I think he's past that now.
Niklaus Wirth wrote Modula 2 to replace Pascal
if you want to make a program right, write it twice and Throw The First Copy Away.
to "extend", especially for OO purposesindeed a good tip!Up to the 70% of ADA comes from Pascal and Modula/2, and it requires less effort in the AADL/ELD-co-design validation, which is the most boring part of my job, so, even if în my tastes I'd rather use C language for hobbyist projects because it's the most used and supported programming language, I have to confess that - from the learning point of view, and from the professional point of view - I am feeling more comfortable with the sticker "in ADA I trust" sticked on my desk
I'm just surprised that there would be such differences between what was taught to different majors, even within "engineering."