The State of Fortran Generics

I just returned from the joint WG5/J3 meeting (the international and US committees in charge of producing the next revision to the Fortran standard). The Generics subgroup, of which I am a contributing member, had a very successful showing. The committee discussed and passed 4 "Specification" papers regarding the template feature slated for inclusion in … Continue reading The State of Fortran Generics

Which kinds are real?

A discussion starting on the Fortran Discourse, got me thinking about how Fortran libraries should support multiple kinds of floating point numbers? I immediately recalled Dr. Fortran's blog post, but that didn't really consider the idea from a library developer's perspective, just a standalone application developer. That's understandable since at that time there wasn't an … Continue reading Which kinds are real?

Setting Up Windows Fortran Development

If you're just getting started with Fortran and your primary computer is Windows, figuring out how to get everything you need installed and configured can be a bit tricky. In this post I'll provide links and some details for how I set up a Windows machine for doing Fortran development. Your mileage may of course … Continue reading Setting Up Windows Fortran Development

The Fortran Package Manager’s First Birthday

It was about 1 year ago that I attended my first Fortran standards committee meeting, more formally known as a J3 committee meeting. It was there that I met some brilliant people I'm now happy to call colleagues. It was a very interesting experience, and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in learning about how … Continue reading The Fortran Package Manager’s First Birthday

Is Research Software Likely to Remain a Tangled Mess?

No. I recently came across a post in the fortran-lang forum referring to a blog post that makes an assertion that research software is likely to remain a tangled mess. I have a sufficient amount to say that should hopefully refute such an assertion, and give us some hope for the future. One of the … Continue reading Is Research Software Likely to Remain a Tangled Mess?

Difficulties With Test Metrics

The answer to the question of whether we should write automated test suites has largely been settled. We absolutely should write unit tests, and possibly even integration and end-to-end tests. But as acceptance of this practice grew, and adoption became more widespread, a follow-up question arose; How many tests should we write? How do we … Continue reading Difficulties With Test Metrics