NAG Fortran Builder What is it? The NAG Fortran Builder is a new Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Release 5.1 of the NAG Fortran Compiler on Windows. Fortran Builder provides a GUI debugger and an integrated help system. The command line version of the compiler is still included for those who prefer a batch environment, for example for script-based production runs. Also a “pretty printer” tool (that can convert from fixed to free format) and a call graph generator are supplied. How does it work? Fortran Builder projects include Console Application, Static Library, DLL and projects using various libraries. Once the desired project type has been selected and named, files can be added to the project. Existing Fortran source files can be added to the project using the usual Windows file opening dialogue. These files can be edited using the built-in Fortran- aware editor, which can also be used to create new files. The editor uses colour coding of syntax elements to make the source code more readable and features keyword completion. Building the project simply requires a click of the “Build” button or selection of “Build” from the “Project” menu. Subsequent builds only recompile files that have been updated. If the default options are not suitable, it is easy to change them by selecting “Project Settings” from the “Project” menu. Expert help system including Fortran language guide If you need help in using the IDE or choosing the right compiler options there is a comprehensive help system that includes an extensive Fortran language guide. Illustrated to the right is a section showing some of the compiler options. Access to extensive numerical functionality from NAG Fortran Library (license required) LAPACK (supplied with Fortran Builder) Simfit (supplied with Fortran Builder) The image to the left illustrates one of the Simfit plotting library demonstration programs showing a 3D surface and 2D contours. Integrated debugging facility Incorporated in Fortran Builder is a GUI debugger to help solve any coding problems. Illustrated to the right are a break point, the command line and several variable watch windows. The “Run” menu shows the single- stepping and other options available during debugging. Key Features Benefit to User Access to numerical functionality via extensively tested Enables the user to quickly create models, analyse data mathematical and statistical libraries and solve problems Integrated GUI debugging facility Quickly and easily solves coding problems Expert inbuilt help system including extensive Fortran Helps the user work in the IDE more effectively and language guide choose the right compiler options Fortran Builder can be purchased via our website www.nag.co.uk or contact us for more information by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0)1865 511245. Trial versions are available on request.
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