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Need help about FORTRAN program

  1. Sep 27, 2008 #1
    Hi everyone,

    Currently my friend is taking fortran programming class at his university.

    The instructor said every student should own any fortran software.

    As I don’t have much know about it, can anyone recommend me any fortran software for this fortran programming class?

    Thanks in advance
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  3. Sep 27, 2008 #2


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    I took Fortran 77 in college. That was over 20 years ago. Never used it since then. Can't think of anyone that uses Fortran today, but I'm sure there are some folks that do.
  4. Sep 28, 2008 #3
    "Any Fortran software" basically means one needs to have handy:

    1) a Fortran compiler (for producing executable program out of written code)

    2) a text editor (for writing the code)

    3) a command-line shell (for running the compiler and the program)

    Unfortunately, I cannot tell which compiler to obtain and how to install and run it under a windows operating system, which I will assume that you and/or your friend are using barring no mention of it. Oddly, though, shouldn't the instructor have provided some recommendations himself?

    Chusslove Illich (Часлав Илић)
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    Or herself?
  6. Sep 28, 2008 #5


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    My company uses FORTRAN pretty heavily, especially in the areas of aerodynamics and cycle calculations. I personally don't use it though. I too took FORTRAN 77. It has been a while since making programs that tell you if a word is a palindrome.
  7. Sep 28, 2008 #6


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    Wikipedia has a good history of fortran for those interested.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortran" [Broken]
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  8. Sep 28, 2008 #7


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    Hello to all,
    I have windows XP and as I had to use Fortran 90 at University, I investigated about how to get Fortran on my home computer.
    I've downloaded gfortran as compiler, Emacs as text editor and I make Fortran run under the "execute" windows command. All works perfectly and all is free.
    If I remember well, I followed a link from the wikipedia page of Fortran to download, install and know the commands of how to execute Fortran programs.
    Good luck.
  9. Sep 29, 2008 #8


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    I think I work with Fred, but anyways, I personally use VIM as my text editor. I prefer to do it in a native Linux environment, but Cygwin is a linux emulator which is nice. All free of course.

    Likewise, I know a lot of people that like Notebook++ as a text editor. That will let you write the code. Then you need to compile the code into a working program. We use the free compiler g95, which is available at www.g95.org. That is free open-source, and there are installers for Windows.
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