[TUHS] The most surprising Unix programs
skogtun at gmail.com
Sat Mar 14 21:30:33 AEST 2020
Doug McIlroy [14.03.2020 00:31]:
> Brenda Baker undertook her Fortan-to-Ratfor converter against the advice
> of her department head--me. I thought it would likely produce an ad hoc
> reordering of the orginal, freed of statement numbers, but otherwise no
> more readable than a properly indented Fortran program. Brenda proved
> me wrong. She discovered that every Fortran program has a canonically
> structured form. Programmers preferred the canonicalized form to what
> they had originally written.
I've been trying to find the source to this. I have lots of old
spaghetti-Fortran routines from a former job, and I would love to try
making it somewhat understandable.
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