I'm sure everyone here has heard about the FASTA file format - today I discovered that this format is actually older than I am, having been "defined" in 1987 or earlier.
From what I can gleam from the original paper entitled "Improved tools for biological sequence comparison", FASTA was an alignment program that could work on both FASTP (protein) and FASTN (nucleic acid) sequences, thus, "FAST All". It would read and write sequence data in the FASTA format we all know and love.
So - I'm curious to know from some of the more established members of the community how popular the FASTA program was back in the day. Was it the program's popularity that pushed the usage of the FASTA file format, or was the FASTA program not particularly exciting, but the file format was good enough to hold it's own against the other standards of the time?
Thank you for your time, it's much appreciated :)