Paperback: 600 pages
Publisher: Digital Press; 1 edition (January 2, 2002)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
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Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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You'll be confused by page 15. The author makes no attempt to teach windows programming for Fortran in a way anyone can understand. He seems to be highly impressed with his own sophisticated knowledge and wants all of us to know how smart he is. Unfortunately that doesn't do any good for us Fortran programmers who want to learn how to build Windows applications. The author will show us examples that combine dozens of different subject he (briefly) touched on in the text rather than an example that shows one or just a few concepts. It's confusing as hell. Unfortunately, this is probably the only book we'll ever get on building Fortran programs for Windows since so few people are interested in doing such a thing. Consequently the author will continue to make money of this miserable work. CAN ANY OF YOU OUT THERE WRITE A BETTER BOOK? PLEASE!
As a chemical engineer most of our programs are in Fortran. I am an expert level Visual C++ developer and I am currently working on a project to develop an Excel GUI for a simulation in Fortran DLL's. I bought this book to widen my Visual Fortran knowledge, it does not offer anything, nothing new and everything is outdated. The print quality is poor resolution of the screen shots are very low; you cannot read anything in figures. I am not rating this book low by being an expert Visual C++ developer, I am rating this book low as a Visual Fortran User.I bought this book yesterday and I am going to sell this book right now. Anyone interested?
To really understand the book (Compaq Visual Fortran) one must use the Fortran programming examples with the book (Companion Site )! I think the author did a very good job is making one dig out the meat of the text. I would also get the Digital Visual Fortran Programmers Guide (Michael Etzel and Karen Dickinson) if you are serious about the above subject matter.
I started learning Fortran about a month ago and it was impossible to find documentation on how to build GUIs. Reading the MSN Library helped with background info, but didn't explain how to use anything with Fortran. This is the ONLY resource I could find that has complete explanations for making GUIs as nice as you want, depending on the time you put in. It is certainly not for someone without some background knowledge of windows and GUI elements and controls, but this book will teach you everything you need if you can follow it and work with the examples.
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