I noticed the following resources today:
Among other things, they have the FORTRAN II compiler sources and they claim they got it working in a simulator, as well as the programs that the compiler generates.
I don’t have time to do it myself, but would somebody be interested in trying to get the FORTRAN II compiler working and posting step by step instructions?
Also I would be interested in having a page at fortran-lang.org about Fortran’s history, with the focus on the language changes with code examples. We can do that from FORTRAN 66 onward relatively easily using the published standards, see e.g. here:
But I would like to extend this all the way to FORTRAN I if possible. Based on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortran#History, it seems there was simply
- FORTRAN I (1957)
- FORTRAN II (1958)
- FORTRAN III (1958, but never released as a product)
- FORTRAN IV (1962)
The FORTRAN IV was essentially equivalent to FORTRAN 66, of which the standard is available (see the link above).
The Wikipedia page is a good start, but I would prefer to have more code examples for each Fortran version, I think it conveys much better what the language allowed and how it looked like.
The basic elements of Fortran didn’t really change from FORTRAN I, and so having this page at fortran-lang.org would allow to drive the point home of what problem Fortran is trying to solve and that the original mission still applies today.