Sexy Code

I have a whole bunch of blargledy posts in my head. Today somebody asked me if I knew FORTRAN. Well. Yes. I do. Man, that was years ago. I was self-taught. Once, I had to call the guys down at NCC-Univac because my code couldn’t be compiled for some reason. The guy down there told me my code was sexy. I wasn’t sure what that meant exactly and I didn’t pursue it. The GG (today) thinks the guy was, well, interested in me. Which is stupid, since the guy was umpteen million miles away down in the DC area and I was on the Planet Ann Arbor. I think my code was “sexy” because I was using equivalency statements and subroutines to use the same memory location for numeric and character data. And I think the guy was impressed that a giiirrrrllll could do that kind of thing. Hee. Hee. Heee hee hee.

4 Responses to “Sexy Code”

  1. Margaret Says:

    I know the word Fortran for some reason. And Basic and Cobol(sp?); a couple of my good friends were studying engineering; would that be why?

  2. Tonya Says:

    I never learned Fortran, but I did self-teach myself some limited Basic back in the very early 1980s when I worked for an engineering firm as the “Girl Friday”. It was very addicting and I’d find myself in the office at 11:00 at night. Became friendly with the office cleaning staff. I actually developed a (limited) billing program! This was in the day when there was hardly any off-the-shelf software available. Question for you: Was your schooling for web design inclusive of data bases? The program at our community college is “Web Design and Database Development.” I’m kind of thinking they go hand-in-hand, especially from the business end of things.

  3. isa Says:

    Mom, if you were 30 years younger and lived in San Francisco you’d have no end of dates…

  4. Jay Says:

    Fortran, Basic, APL (A Programming Language), and I think a bit of Cobol.
    I spent one semester as a Computer Science major, before deciding I couldn’t take working in a temperature controlled environment. How short sighted. I still really like programming when I get a peak at it, mostly through Access nowadays.