FORTRAN-1 is formally published
26th February 1957
FORTRAN is a programming language invented at IBM John Backus and his team. The name FORTRAN stands for "FORmula TRANslator". The goal of FORTRAN was to simplify the coding process by allowing the programmer to write software using simple algebra-like expressions.
In November 1954, Backus issued the first proposal for the new FORTRAN programming language.
The first manual for FORTRAN, "The FORTRAN Automatic Coding System for the IBM 704 EDPM" was published in October 1956.
The first commercial FORTRAN compiler was delivered in April 1957.
FORTRAN was formally published in a paper titled "The FORTRAN Automatic Coding System", presented at the Western Joint Computer Conference held in Los Angeles February 26-28, 1957.
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