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Re: On what column do you wrap your code?

by swampyankee (Parson)
on Feb 08, 2006 at 17:56 UTC ( #528876=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to On what column do you wrap your code?

Ideally, 72, because I'm old enough to remember punched cards and, much worse, old enough to need to use large fonts.

emc

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Re^2: On what column do you wrap your code?
by tweetiepooh (Friar) on Feb 09, 2006 at 10:04 UTC
    Punched card, you lucky fellow. I had to start on coding sheets, hand in to ops to punch to card.

    Then I found the terminal room and learnt how to send jobs direct, not long after found interactive compiler and that really sped things up. This is Fortran 77 on Honeywell Mainframe, GCOS 4 operating system.

      Coding sheets! A luxury! In my day we had to lay out stones in a river bed. Made coding during the rainy season mighty interesting.

        Quote from one of my college professors:

        Real Men Scrape The Hard Drive Platters With A Rusty Spoon

      How about Fortran IV on ICL 1900 under George III with 6-bit bytes so no lower case letters. Also, the editor was single pass so you planned your edits very carefully! I did have a teletype though linked to the mainframe with a 100 baud acoustic coupler. Anyone remember those?
        I did have a teletype though linked to the mainframe with a 100 baud acoustic coupler. Anyone remember those?

        Yes. My school got one to link to the polytechnics pdp10 and we students spent hours sitting around after school for our turn to enter our programs. Still, it was better than the twice weekly coding sheet collection service where poly students were paid some dismal rate to enter our programs from the coding sheets we sent in.

        It was so frustrating to wait 4 days for your program to come back only to discover that you had forgotten to clearly indicate a comma or fullstop somewhere, or find your sheet annotated with: "I waited 5 minutes and nothing happened so I aborted it", because you had omitted to indicate that they should hit the enter key somewhere.


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