Fortran 90/95 Explained
||Author: Michael Metcalf, John Ker Reid|
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Publisher: Oxford University Press (August, 1999)
Average Customer Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 2 out of 5
No Simple Explainations
If you are new to Fortran and learn by doing, this is not the book for you. It is difficult to find explainations in one location. For example, when writing out a variable to the screen, you may want spaces put into the output. Where do you find the "coding" for spaces? Well, it's hidden very well in an example 20 pages later from the original text on the "write" statement. Also, I am currently writing code and need to use the 'call' statement. Unfortunately, something as useful as the call statement is hard to find in this book. I have had a difficult time using this book as a reference without having to spend a lot of time going through the whole chapter to find the information I needed. Maybe it just needs to be organized differently.
I learn by looking at other people's coding and interpreting and investigating. This book does not lend itself very well to that type of method. Maybe it works for pure programmers, but I am an engineer and need results quickly. I hope this review helps you.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Concentrated Acid for FORTRAN 95
For the experienced FORTRAN 77 programmer, this is the best book you can own for learning FORTRAN 90/95. Don't be fooled by its unimpressive size, the content is what's important and the only metaphor I can find is this: the contents of this little jewel are like concentrated acid. I'm not at all surprised the authors of Numerical Recipes in FORTRAN 95 site this book as their favorite reference. This book is not for the faint at heart, but then, what successful programmer is? This rare jewel combined with Adams, Brainard, Martin, Smith, and Wagener's "FORTRAN 95 Handbook" is all the aspiring FOTRAN 90/95 programmer needs.
One example of the many gold nuggets I found in this title that I could find mentioned almost nowhere else: Instead of declaring a function as EXTERNAL so that it may be used as an actual argument in a procedure reference, Metcalf and Reid recommend using an interface block in the scope of the procedure reference using the actual function name, and a similar interface block in the referenced procedure (using the dummy argument procedure name), thereby allowing the compiler to envoke all the checking associated with explicit interfaces. Using the EXTERNAL attribute for this scenario does not allow that depth of checking, and, indeed, Chapman makes it seem as if the EXTERNAL statement is required to pass a function name as an actual argument. Adam's et al write that the use of interface blocks makes this use of EXTERNAL effectively obsolescent (p 473).
I did have one problem with my edition of "FORTRAN 90/95 Explained", the index was bound incorrectly (the pages were out of sequence).
Rating: 5 out of 5
Essential reference book
There are two types of essential books to be on your bookshelves. Books to learn from and books to reference.
This book is the essential reference. Once you learn Fortran, this is the book to turn to when you need to know the details of the language.
I find myself using this book over and over again for my research project. It's short, concise, absolutely accurate and complete, making it the perfect book to have right next to your keyboard.
In response to the 1 star review, this is _not_ the book to learn the language from if you know nothing about Fortran, but it would be a serious mistake not to stock your bookshelf with this gem of a book.
· Object-Oriented Programming via Fortran 90/95
· FORTRAN 90 Programming
· Fortran 95 Handbook (Scientific and Engineering Computation)
· Numerical Recipes in Fortran 90