Re: what to buy now?
- From: "Terence" <tbwright@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 22 Feb 2007 00:59:09 -0800
The problem is that if you buy a commercial Fortran compiler it will
work (hopefully) until you no longer can buy a computer with, as O/S,
the Microsoft Windows software that the compiler (that you paid for,
and paid maintenance for) will work on.
The compiler might even need more expensive stuff like MS C++
compilers and .NET and Visual Studio.
For example, I use CVF 6.0 on Microsoft 98 and 2000 systems which are
now not supported by Microsoft.
Even though I bought the newer Intel 9.1, I don't use it because I
understand CVF by now and don't understand the Intel version.
I suggest you acquire and support with comments (and possible bug
reports) one of the free Fortran compilers available.
This is the only way Fortran programmers can hope to have any future.
And especially if you are in the private sector.
Only very very large companies (Nuclear? Aerospace? Power?) can afford
(I worked for three of the very largest).
And I've been a Fortran programmer since 1961, even as a CEO.
Mind you, there's still work for Dreamweaver and Flash and HTML and
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