On my punch cards they did. Every card had a number sequential to the
sequence. The punch we used inserted them automatically. Well, the
programming card did. The reference number used for calls may have been
different, but I don't remember it.
Our programs were HUGE, multiple trays. Each tray was denoted by the
color of the diagonal line. We had 8 colors, so I guess we never had
more than 8 trays, because I don't remember pairs of lines anywhere.
On Wed, 2008-04-02 at 11:27 -0500, Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-04-01 at 20:36 -0700, Richard England wrote:
>> Try dropping two trays , each about 2.5 feet long. They did that to me
>> in the data center when I was in grad school. Luckily I had just
>> printed they contents out and resequenced them. The manager of the data
>> center had a cow when I told the staff to put the deck back together,
>> but my advisor (bless him) stood behind me and insisted that if they had
>> taken due care it wouldn't have happened.
>> Ah cards, loved 'em (not). And drum cards. Boy there was an arcane art!
> Did you have the diagonal line drawn on the top to help?
> If they were Fortran, or COBOL, you could always sort on the line
> number. I don't remember the other languages having line numbers.
> Les H
Are you sure about Fortran and COBOL having line numbers? I didn't
use COBOL enough to remember any more, but I remember only using
line numbers or labels in FORTRAN if they were the target of a
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