- Paperback: 362 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 13, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521524083
- ISBN-13: 978-0521524087
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,459,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Object-Oriented Programming via Fortran 90/95
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"An excellent introduction to object-oriented programming.... Recommended." Choice
Learn how to write technical applications in a modern object-oriented approach, using Fortran 90 or 95. This book will teach you how to stop focusing on the traditional procedural abilities of Fortran and to employ the principles of object-oriented programming to produce clear, highly efficient executable codes. In addition to covering the OOP methodologies the book also covers the basic foundation of the language and good programming skills. The author highlights common themes by using comparisons with Matlab and C++ and uses numerous cross-referenced examples to convey all concepts quickly and clearly. Complete code for the examples is included on the book's web site.
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This however is also its main weakness: Even though F9X can be forced into these concepts, using those concepts, especially the proposed polymorphism method, is a tedious task, and makes a lot of the magic of OO programming disappear.
What is lacking in this book is an explicit overview of concepts which cannot be implemented easily in F9X, such as destructors, interfaces and inheritance, as that might be reason enough to forget about trying to implement your program in F9X.
My main conclusion after reading this is that trying to do OO in F9X is incomplete and way too much trouble, and thus the need for this book is rather limited.
The above occupies about a third of the book. Another third consists of elementary material that is not particularly relevant even to that audience, such as memory management, linked lists, and linear algebra. Object orientation is mentioned only peripherally in that material.
The last third consists of appendices that are mostly padding. There are language tables that are available in the manual with any compiler, and source code which repeats with variations examples in the main text.
What I like most is that the author contrasts implementation details between Fortran, C++, and MATLAB to futher enrich the topics being discussed. Obviously, with this style, the author knows his audience (engineers and scientists).
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!