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Fortran 90/95 Explained: 2e [Paperback]

Michael Metcalf , John Reid
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24 Jun 1999 0198505582 978-0198505587 Second
The success of Fortran as the predominant language in the field of scientific and numerical computing is due, in part, to its steady evolution. The latest version, Fortran 95, was published in 1997 and included new features from Fortran 90 for array processing, abstract data types, modules, and pointers, as well as additional features to keep it aligned with High Performance Fortran. This book is a revision of Fortran 90/95 Explained. The Fortran 95 material is now fully integrated with the material on Fortran 90, while the text carefully maintains the distinction between the two language levels. It include new chapters on two important changes" enhanced data types and floating-point exception handling. A complete and authoritative description of Fortran 90 and 95, this book is intended for both new and experienced users.

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Second edition (24 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198505582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198505587
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.7 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On the first edition: "The book is well designed and written in a clear and understandable language. It is recommended for people working in technical fields in FORTRAN environments who need a tutorial as well as a detailed language reference." --Zentralblatt f r Mathematik und ihreGrenzegebiete"Both authors are eminent scientists in the field of scientific computing and their experience shines through every page and every example." --Mathematics Today

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Michael Metcalf worked for many years at CERN, Geneva. He is the author of a range of publications, including the books The F programming language and Effective Fortran 77 (Oxford University Press), and FORTRAN Optimization (Academic Press). He was the Editor of the Fortran 90 standard. Professor Michael Metcalf, Karntner Ring 10 1010 Vienna Austria Tel: 0043 1503 7940 John Reid is an independent contractor and is well known as a numerical analyst: he is a co-author of Direct methods for sparse matrices (Oxford University Press). He served as Secretary of X3J3 and played a leading role in the development of Fortran 90, Fortran 95, and the exception-handling extensions. Professor J.K. Reid Computing and Information Systems Dept Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Chilton Oxon OX11 0QX

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Always the first Fortran 90 book I pick up. 24 Nov 1999
By A Customer
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In my opinion this book gives a thorough, yet concise account of the Fortran 90 programming language and its more recent Fortran 95 revision. Its virtue lies in its unambiguous definition of terms, programming constructs, function definitions etc. It is ideal for the experienced programmer who wants to know how to code a specific task in Fortran 90. It is most definitely not suitable, nor aimed at either the novice programmer or the programmer of the Fortran 66 era; both of whom need a slower, more example and algorithm driven, introduction to the Fortran of the 90's.
I have successfully used this book for teaching, but only to experienced Fortran 77 programmers eager to learn about the new language, and with the aid of highly structured lectures and supervised computer tutorial sessions. I would not recommend it for student self study.
As an experienced programmer, what I most like about this book is that I can look up a term in the index, be referred to a small number of entries in the text, and rest assured that in those few pages I have all the information I require on that topic. Other Fortran books I have read frequently do not document, or pay scant regard to, important features of the language such as optional arguments to I/O statements or generic function disambiguation.
If I were only allowed to keep just one Fortran 90 text book this would be the one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Can be useful as a reference 16 Aug 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is very concise but has little structre. It is not very useful as a tutorial. It does have a lot of information in it, or rather "all over it" which you can find using the index, which is good. It's main advantages are it's comfortable size and the fact that a lot of the information from it is also available online.It's a nice book to have if you already know Fortran, but I find clearer explenations, examples and advice in S. Chapman's book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For experienced programmers in a hurry 31 Mar 2006
By Al
Format:Paperback
This is the complete opposite of those thick expensive computer books full of endless examples that take chapters to get as far as "hello world". You're an experienced programmer in other languages and you have a big chunk of Fortran 90/95 to get to grips with. You just want to get on with it, quickly.
The authors were probably hoping to produce something like Kernighan and Ritchie's concise guide to the C language. This book is about as close as I can find for Fortran 90/95 but it severely lacks the elegance and readability that make K&R an all time classic. I don't understand the structure of this one at all - it's a bit of a mess. But it's short enough to flick through, and the index works most of the time... unless you're looking for symbols: the publishers have decided that since "&&" is not a word, it doesn't merit space in the index, so rather traditionally they start with the "A"s.
But the book does the job, and that's all you really need.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book for fortran programmers 10 Mar 2009
By S. Hall
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This is good as reference litterature if you already have experience from programming in fortran or other similair languages. However, if you are a beginner, you may want to look elsewhere; and if you are proificient, you may find it too basic. Further, there is a newer issue availible of this book.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reference book 1 Dec 1999
By Peter Jay Salzman - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The first F90 book I reach for 29 Nov 1999
By Shaun Forth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In my opinion this book gives a thorough, yet concise account of the Fortran 90 programming language and its more recent Fortran 95 revision. Its virtue lies in its unambiguous definition of terms, programming constructs, function definitions etc. It is ideal for the experienced programmer who wants to know how to code a specific task in Fortran 90. It is most definitely not suitable, nor aimed at either the novice programmer or the programmer of the Fortran 66 era; both of whom need a slower, more example and algorithm driven, introduction to the Fortran of the 90's.
I have successfully used this book for teaching, but only to experienced Fortran 77 programmers eager to learn about the new language, and with the aid of highly structured lectures and supervised computer tutorial sessions. I would not recommend it for student self study.
As an experienced programmer, what I most like about this book is that I can look up a term in the index, be referred to a small number of entries in the text, and rest assured that in those few pages I have all the information I require on that topic. Other Fortran books I have read frequently do not document, or pay scant regard to, important features of the language such as optional arguments to I/O statements or generic function disambiguation.
If I were only allowed to keep just one Fortran 90 text book this would be the one.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concentrated Acid for FORTRAN 95 7 April 2002
By Brian E. Lamm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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).
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Simple Explainations 21 Jan 2004
By Anthony Brinkley - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fortran 90/95 Explained 1 Dec 1999
By jacko koster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Fortran 90/95 explained by Metcalf and Reid is a reference work that covers systematically all the fundamental concepts in the Fortran 90 and 95 programming language standard. The text is concise, yet it is sprinkled with examples. I consult the book often and usually find quickly what I am looking for.
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