[nSLUG] Re: Cleaning out my desk...
mspencer at tallships.ca
Sun Nov 11 15:25:40 AST 2007
George> Fortran fixed-form source format and it would be easier to
George> explain if I could illustrate using a punched card.
Robin> I remember booting (IPL'ing) IBM mainframes back when these
Robin> large disk arrays were still around.
dguptil> Did you DASDI the drum first?
Ha! Beginning to sound like alt.folklore.computers around here.
Makes me feel a litle less like an Old Geezer hanging out with the
OTOH, I wrote exactly one very tiny program in Fortran on cards and
then didn't touch another computer for, oh, maybe 20 years. Missed
all that exciting stuff in the 70s.
K> I always wanted to try programming with punch cards. I guess that
K> makes me one of the crazy youngsters.
Well, if you're old and grizzled enough that you have a working copy
of MS-DOS on a VGA-capable machine, do I ever have something for you:
a retro line editor somewhat less sophisticated than ed but which
displays an IBM card being punched as you type. Saves the "deck",
allows you to re-arange the "cards" (somewhat clunkily, but how else?)
I just dug up the source from an old floppy last night. Maybe, now
that I have Allegro, I can port it to Linux. Real Soon Now.
Depending on your frame of mind, you will:
+ think it's insanely funny, or
+ think I'm insane for having done it, or
+ want the source so you can add other card formats. ;-)
Oh well, I'm snowed in and procratinating. Next stop, shovel snow and
remove downed apple tree.
Michael Spencer Nova Scotia, Canada .~.
mspencer at tallships.ca /( )\
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