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Comparison of PASCAL and FORTRAN for solving problems in the physical sciencesThe paper compares PASCAL and FORTRAN for problem solving in the physical sciences, due to requests NASA has received to make PASCAL available on the Numerical Aerodynamic Simulator (scheduled to be operational in 1986). PASCAL disadvantages include the lack of scientific utility procedures equivalent to the IBM scientific subroutine package or the IMSL package which are available in FORTRAN. Advantages include a well-organized, easy to read and maintain writing code, range checking to prevent errors, and a broad selection of data types. It is concluded that FORTRAN may be the better language, although ADA (patterned after PASCAL) may surpass FORTRAN due to its ability to add complex and vector math, and the specify the precision and range of variables.
Document ID
19820026572
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Authors
Watson, V. R. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 10, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1981
Subject Category
COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AND SOFTWARE
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 81-2149
Meeting Information
In: Computers in Aerospace Conference(San Diego, CA)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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