Tuesday, March 20, 2007

John W. Backus, the creator of FORTRAN is no more

John W. Backus, who is considered to be the creating members of the first ever high level programming language has passed away at 82.

Apart from the more well known contribution to developing Fortran, he has also been a major contributer to a widely used notation for describing the structure of programming languages called as Backus-Naur form (also known as Panini-Backus form; for the closeness with the way Sanskrit language grammer is defined).

New York times has an Obituary for him.

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