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  • Paperback: 644 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2012 edition (10 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857292323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857292322
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This edition has been revised to stress the use of modern Fortran throughout.

 Key features:

lots of clear, simple and complete examples highlighting the key core language features of modern Fortran including data typing, array processing, control structures functions, subroutines, user defined types and pointers

  • pinpoints common problems that occur when programming
  • has sample output from a variety of compilers
  • expands on the first edition, by introducing modules as soon as the fundamental language features have been covered. Modules are the major organisational feature of Fortran and are the equivalent of classes in other languages
  • major new features covered in this edition include an introduction to object oriented programming in Fortran, and
  • an introduction to parallel programming in Fortran using MPI, OpenMP and Coarray Fortran

 This edition has three target audiences:

  • the complete beginner
  • existing Fortran programmers wishing to update their code
  • those with programming experience in other languages

 Ian Chivers and Jane Sleightholme are the joint owners of comp-fortran-90 which is a lively forum for the exchange of technical details of the Fortran language. Ian is the editor of the ACM Fortran Forum and both Jane and Ian have both been involved in the Fortran standardisation process. The authors have been teaching and supporting Fortran and related areas for over 30 years and their latest book reflects the lessons that have been learnt from this.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Largeduck on 26 Sept. 2012
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Do not normally write reviews but felt compelled this time as this is such a good book and it had no reviews at all.

I have brought several Fortran books over the years and while they were all OK none seemed to have that right balance of reference and teaching. This one does have that balance with the added advantage that it gives examples of whole programs and not just segments where you are left wondering how it fits into the whole.

The bits about Openmp and m MPI are a welcome bonus and is now helping me write multi threaded programs for my MAc Pro (yes fortran on a Mac I am that much of a sadist!!).

So if you want a good all round book on Fortran this is could well be the one for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Waste of digital space 21 Aug. 2013
By Mike - Published on
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it's impossible to read: most of the formatting is lost after Amazon digitized the print copy and the entire book is laid out like one long sentence. All of the code is typeset in exactly the same font and size as the rest of the text, so it is very hard to see where the text ends and the code begins.
Explanation of various Fortran standards is not comprehensive: I was looking for explanation if "arithmetic if" construct which is part of F77 standard supposedly covered in the book. However, all I could find in the entire book was that the construct was obsolete, but its syntax was never explained. Wikipedia had the info I needed.
The copy in Apple store looks better laid out, judging from the sample, and $11 cheaper.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Tons of excellent example programs; good reference 17 Mar. 2013
By Ronald Rahaman - Published on
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This is a great book, as long as you don't read it cover-to-cover. The chapters are self-contained, and there are tons of example programs. When you're learning the language, you can skip around and pick up what you need to know quickly. Then when you get more experience, the chapters continue to be excellent references.

I picked up this book after writing equation solvers in C; and I was able to get up and running in Fortran during a three-day weekend. After about chapter 4, the pace of the book is relatively brisk and well suited to someone with experience in another language.

I also own (and like) Micheal Metcalf's _Modern Fortran Explained_. However, _Introduction to Programming with Fortran_ has many, many more example programs, which I greatly appeciate.

--The introductory chapters are a little redundant; but just skip them, and they won't bother you.
--Some advanced concepts have better coverage in Modern Fortran Explained; but I think Intro to Programming in Fortran covers 80% of the language, and covers it very well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fortran without Source code formatting 23 Sept. 2013
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Section 4.8 Good Programming Guidelines. Third bullet: "Use indentation to highlight the structure of the program. Remember that the program has to be read and understood by both humans and a computer."

All the indentation structure in the code examples is lost. I found out why when I read "Building Your Book for Kindle". The source document must be built in Microsoft Word. Only some forms of indentation are preserved. White space (spaces and tabs) are ignored.

Compilers require source code with lines indented with space characters. Some allow tabs. The source files are plain text, not Word documents. Therefore, if the source was tested with a compiler, it doesn't format correctly for Kindle. Result: only the paragraph indent works (if done the right way). So every line of code in the book (as far as I got) is indented the same amount. It is like reading Fortran IV puch cards, where every line started at column 7.

Get the hard copy, not the Kindle version.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Lacking detail 6 Oct. 2012
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I was quite disappointed by this book. A large portion of it is devoted to the basics of programming. This may be useful for those who have never programmed before, but it was wasted space for me. Perhaps as a consequence of this, I found the sections actually dealing with Fortran to be lacking detail. I believe, for example, that one would have a hard time writing a program with coarrays using this as a sole reference. 'Modern Fortran Explained' had a far more authoritative feel for me.
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
As exciting as a book about programming can get 7 Aug. 2013
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Easy to read, understand, and stay informed on programming. The cover is blue, and that's my favorite color. it is soft so it wears poorly
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