As a young geoscientist growing up during the early expansive phase of computational geoscience, I had occasion to learn how to program in a variety of languages, from assembly language to FORTRAN, BASIC (Dartmouth BASIC, QuickBASIC, TrueBASIC, RealBASIC), Pascal, PL-1, XPL, APL, FOCUS, and so on. Today, those who write programs to support their own work tend to use programming environments like Code Warrior or higher-level languages like MATLAB, Maple and Mathematica. For example, MATLAB scripts are included in geoscience texts by Middleton (2000) and Pollard and Fletcher (2005). In recent years, the trend has been more toward...

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