Houston--Sept. 22, 1997--Visual Numerics Inc. (Houston) announced that Digital Equipment Corp. (Marlboro, Mass.) has begun shipping its DIGITAL Visual Fortran Professional Edition bundled with the IMSL Fortran 90 MP Library for Windows 95, Windows NT Intel, and Windows NT AlphaServer platforms.
DIGITAL's Fortran 90 compiler integrates robust Fortran compiler technology with the Developer Studio integrated development environment from Microsoft. DIGITAL Visual Fortran is the recommended replacement product for Microsoft Fortran PowerStation v4.0.
The IMSL Fortran 90 MP Library goes beyond a conversion of Visual Numerics' IMSL FORTRAN 77 Library. Many routines were redesigned to take advantage of enhancements inherent in Fortran 90. Every IMSL FORTRAN 77 function is available in the IMSL Fortran 90 MP Library, allowing users of IMSL technology to upgrade from existing Fortran 77 applications to this new environment.
Among other functionality, the IMSL Fortran 90 MP Library contains linear operators and generic functions that provide a natural programming interface. As a result, it creates Fortran applications quickly and efficiently. This natural programming interface is available through "operator overloading", a new technique now in the Fortran 90 language. As well, the IMSL Fortran 90 MP Library interface eliminates many traditional programming complications such as long calling lists and scratch arrays.
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