New programming language launched
By webmink on Jan 12, 2007
I'm pleased to say that the research group working on programming languages at Sun has taken the step of open sourcing the first release of their new programming language, Fortress. We debated the license to use for the language and settled on using BSD, a permissive class A license, so that the widest possible community - Free software people, academics and commercial researchers - would be free to co-evolve the language and its implementation with us.
Fortress is not for everyone. It's designed with high-performance computing (read: grid) in mind, and to quote the FAQ:
Fortress is a new language. Although many of its features are inspired by existing languages, it isn't an extension of any of them. Syntactically, many Fortress expressions closely resemble mathematical notation.But by releasing it with full source code on day one, I hope that the widest possible community will be able to form around it and make it into all it can be.