[tex-live] Fortran and Pascal sources

Norbert Preining preining at logic.at
Wed Oct 6 06:17:24 CEST 2010

On Di, 05 Okt 2010, George N. White III wrote:
> And you end up with lower quality C implementations of fragments that
> are available in LAPACK, etc.

pretty off topic, but simple solution: call fortran libs functions
directly from C. This is dead simple, I did it in my first year
when doing numerical data analysis, because programming user interface
in Fortran 77 is impossible (clear screen is making 5000 wholes in a
punch card?). You simply have to pass pointer and read the rest from
the stack, as far as I remember.

> then Fortan can't be ignored.   Supporting Fortran for one project today
> may eventually pay dividends when (lua)TeX programmers find uses for
> routines available in the enormous body of Fortran code.

I would suggest to let fortran rest in peace for the next 300 years. I
programmed a lot in f77 and f90, and besides being a PITA it was nothing.

Best wishes

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