Do Students Need Fortran?



We seem to have hit quite a raw nerve here, but while we're at it, maybe
 we should consider the need to learn a programing language at all. First
 let me state that I have programmed in basic, fortran, pascal and C myself,
 so I have no particular phobia about programing. But I find less and
 less reason to go out and do so. With more advanced compilers and progress
 in object oriented programing and GUIs, maybe the lower level programing
 is going the way of the slide rule. Even those directly involved in
 interfacing computers to instruments can now use programs such as labview,
 which takes much of the low level misery out of the process. Computer
 literacy is becoming more and more critical, but maybe the definition of
 "literacy" here is changing?