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Hi, gang, pleased to meet you, my tag is hexram and I am an old timer from the FORTRAN IV jurassic era, back in the 1970's. Met my share of OSes in a couple of IT jobs and now I am a quasi-retired engineer with some time to teach and maybe do some consulting work regarding linux.

 

This is very belated - but nice to meet you Héctor :)

Woo! FORTRAN :) - what is the biggest change you've seen in tech over your career?

 

Hi, Chris, thank you for your welcome. My very personal feeling of the biggest change I have seen in tech was the transition from proprietary to open, call it what you may: hardware, software, firmware, peopleware, ... To point out a specific case, FORTRAN compilers were not always compliant with the standards and there was no guarantee that some program written for an older version would run under a newer one; in those days we referred as "migration" the (possible but rather frequent) rewriting of programs after any compiler update.

FORTRAN compilers were not always compliant with the standards and there was no guarantee that some program written for an older version would run under a newer one; in those days we referred as "migration" the (possible but rather frequent) rewriting of programs after any compiler update.

This sounds incredibly tough

Ah, that's a great point! open source has really come a long way, that's for sure. And yeah - that must have been so annoying if compilers weren't consistent - Makes me really appreciate what we have now.

Thanks for the answer! - DEV is so neat - we get to talk to a bunch of people with different skillsets and experiences. Thanks :)

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