See also: Programming Languages

**Brief History**

Fortran, the FORmula TRANslation system, is often credited as being the first high-level programming language. Design started in 1954 at IBM, with John Backus leading. It was released on the IBM 704.

**Sample Fortran 90 program:**

program xsum

implicit none

integerĀ :: i=2,j=3

print*,”sum of”,i,” and”,j,” is”,i+j

end program xsum

The latest standard is Fortran 2003. There is more information about Fortran in the Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortran .

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