Fortran 80 was the language used in Fortran 77, which was originally developed by IBM. Fortran 90 is an upgrade to the software that includes new features, faster execution time, and more efficient data storage. This free download will provide you with a package for compiling your own custom programs written in Fortran 90.
Fortran is still widely used today in scientific research environments due to its efficiency and relatively low learning curve compared to newer languages like C++ or Java. Programs written in Fortran have also been ported over to other platforms for use on personal computers or mainframes.
Since Itanium is a 64-bit processor, you can expect a performance increase in your compiled programs. However, the way that Fortran 90 stores its data (just like Fortran 77) means that it may end up consuming more memory for some operations. Nevertheless, this compiler allows you to get started writing programs in Fortran 90 without needing to pay for licensing fees or get clearance from IBM.
Programs written in Fortran 90 are cross-platform compatible. Therefore, any code compiled on Windows 7 using this free download will work on other platforms like Unix and Linux systems without any need for recoding.
The download package contains the following components:
Before you start, you will need to install the compiler of your choice (Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Express Edition or Intel C++ compiler). However, if you are comfortable with command line utilities (particularly if you are familiar with Linux), it would be best to use makefiles. You can find an introduction to makefiles on Wikipedia.
The installation of this compiler package can be completed in two ways:
All these steps will allow you to compile programs written in Fortran 90 for Windows 7. The compilation process will begin automatically on start up, after which any errors that occur will pop up on the screen for easy attention.
Your Fortran 90 software can be used to create programs for various use cases. Some of the common uses include:
You can also run programs that have been previously compiled using this compiler on other platforms without any issues.
If you are just getting started with program development, you would probably want to use a different language, such as C++ or Java. Nevertheless, the use of Fortran 90 might be more advantageous in areas where speed is a necessity, especially when running time-sensitive applications. This free download will help you get started on your own projects without having to pay out money for licensing fees each time you start writing code.
The following links may be of interest to other users:
Fortran 90 and 95 Programming Tutorials and Samples http://www.fortranplus.co.uk/tutorials.html
Fortran 90 Programming Using Visual Studio .NET (C#) http://learn-csharp-vsn.branchable.
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