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Fortran 95/2003 Explained (Numerical Mathematics and Scientific Computation) [Paperback]

by Michael Metcalf, John Reid, Malcolm Cohen
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Book Description

August 26, 2004 0198526938 978-0198526933 3rd
Fortran remains one of the principal languages used in scientific, numerical and engineering programming and a series of revisions to the standard versions of the language have progressively enhanced its power. The latest standard-Fortran 2003-greatly extends the power of the language, by introducing object-oriented concepts, interoperability with C, better integration with operating systems and many other enhancements. This text details all these new features.
Fortran 95/2003 Explained, significantly expands on the second edition of Fortran 90/95 Explained (also publised by Oxford University Press): the opening chapters contain a complete description of the Fortran 95 language and are followed by descriptions of three formally approved extensions; six completely new chapters describe in detail the features that are new in Fortran 2003, but the distinction between the various language levels is kept clear throughout.
Authored by the leading experts in the development of the language, this is the only complete and authoritative description of the two languages (Fortran 95 and Fortran 2003). Containing numerous examples, exercises and solutions, and an extensive index, it is highly suitable as both a student textbook and practitioner reference.

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"Fortran is one of the principle languages used in the fields of scientific, numerical, and engineering programming today. This textbook for advanced students and practitioners describes the standards of Fortran's latest two versions in a manner that aims to illuminate the implications of its features and support its use in the writing of new programs. Included in the appendices are a list of the intrinsic procedures; a description of the obsolescent features; an extended example illustrating the use of pointers and recursion; advice on avoiding compilation cascades; a glossary; and solutions to most of the exercises."--SciTech Book News

About the Author

Michael Metcalf worked for many years at CERN, Geneva. He is the author of a range of publications, including Fortran 90/95 Explained (with John Reid) and Effective FORTRAN 77 (Oxford University Press), and FORTRAN Optimization (Academic Press). He is the editor of ACM Fortran Forum. John Reid is well known as a numerical analyst and is a co-author of Direct Methods for Sparse Matrices (OUP). He is the Convener of the ISO Fortran Committee and has played a leading role in the development of many of the features of Fortran 95 and 2003.
Malcolm Cohen is a mathematician and the leading compiler writer at NAG in Oxford. He has participated actively in the development of Fortran standards and was a major deisgner of Fortran 2003's object-oriented features.

Product Details

  • Series: Numerical Mathematics and Scientific Computation
  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 3rd edition (August 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198526938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198526933
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
By V. Rao
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Fortran 95 and especially Fortran 2003 are more modern and larger languages than the Fortran 77 many programmers have used. Some of the features in Fortran 95 not in Fortran 77 are free source form, array operations (similar to Matlab), user-defined types, and modules. Some new features in Fortran 2003 are support for object oriented programming with (single) inheritance, procedure (function) pointers, IEEE arithmetic, interoperability with C, and command line arguments.

The first ten chapters of the book cover the Fortran 95 subset of Fortran 2003, and the following chapters cover the new features of Fortran 2003.

The three co-authors are Fortran experts and have served on the
Fortran standards committee. Their writing is clear and concise,
packing a great deal of information into 416 pages. Earlier editions have been the most referenced books by serious Fortran programmers.

The book plays a role for Fortran a similar to Stroustrup's "The C++ Programming Language" for C++. It is not a textbook for a novice programmer -- the reader should already know the basics of procedural programming. More pedagogical books on Fortran 90/95 for are those by Meissner, Chapman, and
Ellis/Phillips/Lahey. A good book for transitioning Fortran 77
programmers is one by Redwine.

As of January 2011, there are still no complete Fortran 2003 compilers, but the free g95 and gfortran compilers supports all of Fortran 95, and gfortran implements many of the features of Fortran 2003, including the object-oriented ones.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners July 13, 2006
I have some 20 years experience in coding in Fortran 77, but finally needed to catch up with Fortran 95 and 2003. I have also bought "Fortran 90/95 for Scientists and Engineers" by Stephen Chapman and found that a much better book for beginners in Fortran 95. "Fortran 95/2003 Explained" reads, as other reviewers have noted, like a language reference. There is basically no build-up in this book and I also have the feeling that in earlier Chapters it is expected that you already know what comes in later Chapters. The examples in the book are rarely explanatory to me, they leave me often without a clear understanding of what purpose is served.

For those who want to learn Fortran 95 (even for those who are already fluent in Fortran 77) I would recommend to buy the book by Stephen Chapman instead. If you want a reference manual, "Fortran 95/2003 Explained" will likely serve you well.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wealth of Information, but Difficult to Read. September 5, 2005
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The review by V. Rau descibes the book very well. I am not sure that I can add much. There is a wealth of information. However, it reads like a specification for program language yet to be written. The information is all there but be prepared to figure out for yourself how to use the specifications that they list. Fortran is the language of choice for number crunching problems. I was at a loss most of the time to try to figure out how the newer specifications that they list could apply to the number crunching.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best on the subject December 31, 2006
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This book is the best on the subject of Fortran 95/2003, but there's not a lot of competition. It has a specific target audience: practicing computer professionals. Don't pick it up if you are not already familiar with object-oriented programming, derived data types, pointers, etc. This is not the book from which to learn those concepts.

It's a pity that there does not exist a book to bridge the gap between Fortran 77 (which the majority of the Fortran code base uses) and Fortran 95/2003. If you are a Fortran 77 programmer looking to learn Fortran 95/2003, this probably isn't the book for you. If you are a proficient C++ or Java programmer looking to pick up Fortran (there can't be very many of you) then you will find this book very helpful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a good textbook. December 27, 2006
Very difficult to read. Assumes no previous knowledge of Fortran, yet does not quite show the reader how to actually write a functional program until late in the book. Chapman's book(s) are much better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book November 10, 2010
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Great book if you already know something about the language.
It has clear explation about many topics, good examples and it is a great reference if you need to remember something fast.
If you are a begginer, I would suggest you to start with a more basic book, like Ellis/ Philips/ Lahey.
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