[Rd] Fortran 90 / 95 compilers? // interface packages for R ?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon, 18 Sep 2000 11:56:55 +0100 (BST)

On Mon, 18 Sep 2000, Martin Maechler wrote:

> We have (spatial statistics) group here that are (about to) interface
> Fortran 90 and/or 95 software to R and/or S-plus.
> My recommendation has been against this because of non-availability of
> GNU or other free (not only moneywise, in the GNU sense) compilers for
> Fortran 9x.   Does anybody have good guesses about the future here?
> The user group here say they like F 9[05] because of its ``object
> oriented'' approach and data types.  Probably we shouldn't start a
> discussion about this statement, but rather acknowledge that in the
> numerical analysis community, there seems to be a drive from F77 to F90

The prime developer of g77 has withdrawn, so last time I looked its
future was in serious doubt.  

I agree that Fortran 95 is the future for the Fortran-using community,
and is the standard used by commercial compilers nowadays. I think 
using it on Windows for R would cause us serious difficulties.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
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