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COMTRAN (Common Extended Form) is a programming language that extended Fortran II. It was designed to ease the transition from machine language programming in early computing systems like the IBM 700/7000 series to higher-level languages. COMTRAN introduced new features such as character manipulation, improved input/output operations, and better support for string handling. However, it did not gain significant industry traction after its release in 1958 due to competition with other emerging languages such as COBOL and FORTRAN IV.

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