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Note: This is the second of two articles summarizing the current Fortran revision. The first article appeared in Fortran Forum 8:2 SN 21, May 1989.
1. Distribution of the Fortran draft. In our last episode (dated August 1989), we told you that we were unable to get permission to distribute the May 1989 Fortran 8X draft as an issue of Fortran Forum. Then, some time around the middle of December, you got a copy in the mail. What happened?
While I was browsing among my friend's considerable paperback collection, a slim volume of science fiction caught my eye. I was intrigued by the title, having been a member of ForTec (Fortran Technical Committee of ACM SIGPLAN, which existed from 1982-84 and published the predecessor of Fortran...
The paper discusses a very simple but effective way to detect the spelling mistakes in the variable names, which are very common in the development of Fortran programs and go undetected by the compiler.
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