[fpc-pascal] FORTRAN from FreePascal

pascalX at piments.com pascalX at piments.com
Sat Nov 18 23:00:22 CET 2017

On 18/11/17 20:14, Mark Morgan Lloyd wrote:
> I think that conventional wisdom is that if somebody's written numerical 
> analysis code you don't change it gratuitously, since any alterations 
> will change rounding errors etc. For some reason, that seems to apply 
> particularly to FORTRAN programs :-)

If you have no working knowledge of the language it is written in 
conventional wisdom is that you don't  change anything, gratuitously or 

to make any use of this code without understanding any of  it,  you will 
need some pretty thorough documentation of what it does, including 
accuracy, limitations and caveats.

My reaction to being presented with such a situation would be to dust 
off my 1980s punch card FORTRAN IV code, get up to speed and try to 
understand the code before attempting to use it.

Either that or you pay someone with the requisite knowledge to do the job.


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