Posted Saturday, June 18, 2005 6/18/2005 10:56:00 AM
I’d wouldn't mind seeing a Fortran/.NET hybrid. Give me Fortran math abilities with Visual Basic.NETs object oriented system. Hopefully we get some of the OO stuff in the upcoming FORTRAN 2000 (yes, I know they are a little late) but not everything. Allow me access to the system libraries and Common Language Run-time along with the cross-language capabilities of .NET. Give me the option of using FORTRAN fixed format read’s and writes all packaged in Microsoft's Visual Studio and I'd be hooked. I've see some attempts to integrate Visual Studio but they all fall short. Essentially they create a set of function calls within FORTRAN that send information into VB or C and back. Basically I want VB.NET for engineers and scientists.