Results 1 to 8 of 8

Math Help - FORTRAN still good?

  1. #1
    Newbie
    Joined
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    3

    Wink FORTRAN still good?

    Is there a fairly comprehensible contemporary programming language out

    which would allow one to create curves, lines, or other pictorial images

    on the visual screen, and then the program would produce the nearest

    possible approximation of an algebraic interpretation to the visually represented

    potential graph? Does FORTRAN do this okay? Or is that a feature of

    MATHEMATICA? Or is there another more suitable language? Thankx
    Follow Math Help Forum on Facebook and Google+

  2. #2
    Member
    Joined
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    130
    Mathematica is just the most advanced mathematical program, and you can do everything you want.
    Follow Math Help Forum on Facebook and Google+

  3. #3
    Grand Panjandrum
    Joined
    Nov 2005
    From
    someplace
    Posts
    14,972
    Thanks
    4
    Quote Originally Posted by p0oint View Post
    Mathematica is just the most advanced mathematical program, and you can do everything you want.
    Opinion represented as fact.

    CB
    Last edited by CaptainBlack; July 9th 2010 at 03:08 AM.
    Follow Math Help Forum on Facebook and Google+

  4. #4
    Grand Panjandrum
    Joined
    Nov 2005
    From
    someplace
    Posts
    14,972
    Thanks
    4
    Quote Originally Posted by conejo584 View Post
    Is there a fairly comprehensible contemporary programming language out

    which would allow one to create curves, lines, or other pictorial images

    on the visual screen, and then the program would produce the nearest

    possible approximation of an algebraic interpretation to the visually represented

    potential graph? Does FORTRAN do this okay? Or is that a feature of

    MATHEMATICA? Or is there another more suitable language? Thankx
    Virtually any contemporary programming language will allow this though the ease of doing so will vary considerably (as will the steepness of the learning curve). Though nothing will do this at the push of a button and it will require a certain level of expertise from the user.

    I would not recommend a commercial package unless you are rolling in money (if you are I can let you have my paypal ID so you can deposit a large sum). I would suggest something like SciLab as a starting point, possibly Octave or FreeMat.

    CB
    Follow Math Help Forum on Facebook and Google+

  5. #5
    Member
    Joined
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    206
    Awards
    1
    Hmm Im wouldn't have thought FORTRAN to be the easiest language to do any visual display with although a number of engineering packages I use have GUI and graphic commands written using a visual fortran distribution like intel I think. How that works is well above my pay grade as I tend to stick with the more high level languages like MATLAB and Python. MATLAB has the best graphics out of everything I have ever seen. If I am just crunching numbers and doing some simple GUI with some pretty full on plots I'll use MATLAB.

    EDIT: MATLAB is a commercial package so you pay at least a couple grand for a license. If your graphics are not too involved, then one of the open source packages that CB suggested will probably suit you better (I have octave on my Linux machine and find it pretty comparable with matlab for quite a variety of tasks).

    Elbarto
    Follow Math Help Forum on Facebook and Google+

  6. #6
    Grand Panjandrum
    Joined
    Nov 2005
    From
    someplace
    Posts
    14,972
    Thanks
    4
    Quote Originally Posted by elbarto View Post
    EDIT: MATLAB is a commercial package so you pay at least a couple grand for a license. If your graphics are not too involved, then one of the open source packages that CB suggested will probably suit you better (I have octave on my Linux machine and find it pretty comparable with matlab for quite a variety of tasks).
    That sort of price only applies to a commercial licence (nearer 10,000 for mine), a student licence (assuming the OP is a student is ~$100 iirc.)

    CB
    Follow Math Help Forum on Facebook and Google+

  7. #7
    Newbie
    Joined
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    3

    Smile The Heart of the Matter

    Dear Captain Black,
    Yessir. I have learned some, but not all of C++. I was hoping to attempt
    this project myself previously. But I keep coming face to face with a wall
    that nobody seems to be able to help me with in even programming forums.
    And that problem is that I must first learn, or obtain information on, about
    the setup of memory in the CPU or Motherboard of whatever computer I am
    using. In the early DOS computers, I was able to find which "POKE" addresses
    accesed the screen, or video, memory locations. But nobody I ask, or post
    to, is able to direct me to a manual which will let me know this, and the 64-bit
    "ASCII's" that will allow me to use Pointers in such a way as you describe.
    Is there any way that you can give me assistance here? Otherwise, back to
    square one. Much appreciated Jerry.
    Follow Math Help Forum on Facebook and Google+

  8. #8
    Grand Panjandrum
    Joined
    Nov 2005
    From
    someplace
    Posts
    14,972
    Thanks
    4
    Quote Originally Posted by conejo584 View Post
    Dear Captain Black,
    Yessir. I have learned some, but not all of C++. I was hoping to attempt
    this project myself previously. But I keep coming face to face with a wall
    that nobody seems to be able to help me with in even programming forums.
    And that problem is that I must first learn, or obtain information on, about
    the setup of memory in the CPU or Motherboard of whatever computer I am
    using. In the early DOS computers, I was able to find which "POKE" addresses
    accesed the screen, or video, memory locations. But nobody I ask, or post
    to, is able to direct me to a manual which will let me know this, and the 64-bit
    "ASCII's" that will allow me to use Pointers in such a way as you describe.
    Is there any way that you can give me assistance here? Otherwise, back to
    square one. Much appreciated Jerry.
    I said it could be done (you use libraries to provide the graphics etc you don't poke anything anywhere anymore), in fact I could do it, but don't recommend it I prefer to use one of the matlab like systems.

    Several people, including me, have made suggestions of free matlab like systems which you could try.

    CB
    Follow Math Help Forum on Facebook and Google+

Similar Math Help Forum Discussions

  1. how to resolve this FORTRAN problem?
    Posted in the Math Software Forum
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: December 30th 2010, 02:32 PM
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: October 30th 2010, 04:49 AM
  3. FORTRAN compiler for windows?
    Posted in the Math Software Forum
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: December 8th 2009, 03:16 AM
  4. good books forbiing really good at math and physics
    Posted in the Math Topics Forum
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: August 22nd 2009, 04:26 PM
  5. Computional Methods Problem with Fortran programming
    Posted in the Advanced Math Topics Forum
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: April 15th 2009, 06:22 PM

Search Tags


/mathhelpforum @mathhelpforum