Meindert de Jong schrieb am Mon, 11 Aug 2003 17:19:38 +0000 (UTC):
> Greetings. FORTRAN is an all purpose simulation langueage. You may find a
> paper of ours in my websites: http://www.geocities.com/meindertdejong/ and
> http://www.geocities.com/biosanitation/ With a physical-mathematical paper
> on simulation of spore dispersal in a vegetation. It took me many years of
> work. My newsserver account is about to expire. This week! Please use
>>> I'm studying for a BS in physics. I'd like to be able to program better, so
>>> I can do simulation & modeling, digital signal processing, and computational
>>> physics. I know Matlab pretty well and know a tiny bit of Java, but this
>>> won't go all that far in the job market. I'd like to learn C/C++. I guess
>>> what I'd like to know is whether or not Fortran is still worthwhile for
>>> these purposes? Is it more desirable to know Fortran or Unix? or is there
>>> some other language I should know?
>>> Thanks in advance,
>>> S McGovern
>>- you don't need to know computer languages to do modelling, there are
>>lots of good programs that let you model in more natural languages.
>>Relevbant society pages are Society for Computer Simulation and
>>EUROSIM (probably the best, look at their Argesim page.
>>For new numerical work in physics as such, Fortran is still best;
>>otherwise C++ or perhaps Visual Basic are more directly useful,
>>especially if you want to do Windows programming.
>>But I suggest you use the Linux operating system, which comes with
>>excellent free compilers. Look at freshmeat.com for scientific
>>programs. OPEN DESIRE is a free simulation program for
>>differential-equation-type simulation. The most powerful modelling
>>language is Dymola, but this is not free; there is a free trial
>>package (dynasim.com). SIMULINK does block-diagram programming, but it
>>is slow and fairly expensive. Tjere is, zaltogether, an embarrassment
>>of riches; good luck. GAK
Do you really think that it's a good suggestion to learn FORTRAN these
days? I have to admit that my FORTRAN experience is little. I had to
take a FORTRAN program of a simulation of moving particles in a box and
extend it to my boss's needs. I chose to reprogram it in C++. The
program was quite easy to translate as the syntax was quite readable,
except for the quite cryptic "a.eq.b" saying a equal to b.
My point is that these days C/C++ is becoming more and more like an
industry standard. Knowing how to program in C/C++ is likely to give you
an advantage when you're looking for a job in real life. And I don't
think that there are a lot of things that you can do in FORTRAN but not
So, FORTRAN knowers, maybe my program was badly done and a bad example
for good FORTRAN; can someone tell me what are the advantages of
FORTRAN? Or would you agree that it is a bit 'outdated'?
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