Post by Howerd
I was just watching this video: http://youtu.be/8Ab3ArE8W3s - "Stop Writing Dead Programs"
Jack Rusher likes interactive programming environments, and at 27 minutes in he mentions Lisp and Forth.
Thanks Howerd. I was one of those who had to type my own IBM punch cards, hope I didn't drop or mutilate the stack of cards, and submit the cards for running overnight. No results until the next morning. Unstructured Fortran. The big fear was a bug in your program that caused an infinite loop which would chew up all of your computer time allotted for the semester.
You didn't have user set execution time limits? That was always a part of the frustration for our programs, estimating how much time to give the program to run. Screw that up and you might as well have yet another bug in the program to find.
I recall using punch cards. It was an abysmal way of programming. Not because punching cards is so tough, but because of the draconian restrictions on using the computer. Toward the end of the semester, the computer was so massively overwhelmed it would crash a few times a day. Very unhappy undergraduates. The idea of your grade being determined by how well you could manage to work in such an environment (which disappeared in a few short years) was insane, but those in charge didn't care. Professors in a university are there to do research, not facilitate the education of undergraduates.
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