|Latest version of F firstname.lastname@example.org (1997-03-31)|
|From:||email@example.com (Walt Brainerd)|
|Date:||31 Mar 1997 22:18:36 -0500|
The latest free trial versions of F are now available via ftp. The
Linux and Unix versions include the ability to call a few selected
Slatec math library routines as "built-in" modules (e.g., linear
equation solver, ODE solver, etc.) and since there has been discussion
recently about the inverse hyper- bolic functions on
comp.lang.fortran, they have been included.
F is designed for teaching programming in all disciplines, as well as
for use by professional programmers.
F is a carefully crafted subset of the most recent version of Fortran,
the world's most powerful numeric language. This provides two
significant advantages of teaching F instead of Pascal or C++: 1)
Pascal is not used outside the educational community, so experience
does not translate into a useful skill in the engineering or business
world; 2) C++ is complicated and is difficult for the beginner to
F retains the modern features of Fortran--modules and data
abstraction, for example--but discards facilities such as EQUIVALENCE,
which are difficult to teach, use, or debug. It is a safe portable
F is available on PC W95/NT, PowerMac, Linux, and all major Unix
Three books on F have been published; the fourth and fifth will be
available within days.
F on Linux is free--$101 for other versions including a book.
For more information, visit the F web site (see signature).
Walt Brainerd firstname.lastname@example.org
Imagine1, Inc. +1-505-797-8787
2 San Rafael Ave NE, Suite C +1-505-797-3251 (fax)
Albuquerque, NM 87122 USA http://www.imagine1.com/imagine1/
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