Running a Fortran program from Erlang

(found on Mastodon)

I don’t know much about Erlang, but recently I listened to the talk Joe Armstrong had at StrangeLoop 2014 and found his thoughts on programming very insightful. From the StrangeLoop webpage:

Strange Loop is a multi-disciplinary conference that brings together the developers and thinkers building tomorrow’s technology in fields such as emerging languages, alternative databases, concurrency, distributed systems, security, and the web.

Here is his talk, The Mess We’re In:

The slide worth remembering:


Basically, this seems to spawn Fortran-compiled executable, while redirecting standard input and standard output. The Erlang ports seem to be a kind of a pipe. Similar technique could be used from the other programming languages.

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