When you’re learning a new programming language, something like this is usually the first working program you write.

      PRINT *, "Hello World!"
      END
 

If you don’t recognize Fortran IV, I can’t blame you but that’s approximately where I started.

“Hello World” programs are a near-universal fixture of introductions to programming languages. They serve to get the new user of the language used to the basic mechanics of preparing source code, compiling, and executing a working program. All while not overwhelming the student (or hobbyist) with too much intricacy.

And with that, you understand why this is the first of what I hope will be at least daily blog posts.