2010 is an important year for NAG. We’ll be celebrating our 40th anniversary, which is quite an achievement in the software world. I’ve been able to find a few other software organisations that have also reached 40 – Software AG, Intergraph and Cincom (if you know of any others, please let me know.)
An anniversary is a great time to reflect on all that’s gone by, honour achievements and remember important milestones but of equal importance, if not more so, it’s a time to look to the future and plan ahead. The NAG Library – the mainstay of NAG’s product portfolio - reaches the dizzy heights of 40 in October 2011. The Library has changed a lot over the years. It was originally a collection of 90 or so routines written in both Algol 60 and Fortran targeted at ICL mainframes. It now features over 1,400 routines and is available on a multitude of platforms, operating systems and programming environments. How will it change over the next 40 years?
So here’s another question for you, assuming you use or have used the NAG Library “If you could add or change one thing about the Library, what would it be?”