The Fortran Market contains a listing of selected
free online tutorials
on Fortran 90.
The comments below are by Bo Einarsson.
- Jeanne C. Adams, Walter S. Brainerd, Jeanne T. Martin, Brian T.
Smith and Jerrold L. Wagener: Fortran 90 Handbook, Complete
ANSI/ISO Reference, McGraw-Hill, New York 1992. ISBN 0-07-000406-4.
Complete guide to Fortran 90 and its use. Written by persons that
were involved in the development of Fortran 90. Contains hundreds
of examples. However, most of these are very short and not complete
program units. Much more readable and easier to use than
the formal standards, but in spite of this it is not suitable as the
only aid to a beginner in Fortran 90.
- ANSI: Programming Language Fortran, X3.9-1978, American National
The official standard for Fortran 77. It is possible to use for
reference, but it requires that you know the basics of the language.
It is now also available in an HTML version of the Fortran 77 Standard.
- ANSI: Programming Language Fortran 90, X3.198-1992, American
The official American standard for Fortran 90. The same book as
- Katarina Blom: Fortran 90 - en introduktion,
Studentlitteratur, Lund 1994. ISBN 91-44-47881-X
A tutorial in Swedish on Fortran 90. The book also describes some
basic programming practices and numerical methods. No previous programming
experience is required.
- Walter S. Brainerd, Charles H.
Goldberg and Jeanne C. Adams:
Programmer's Guide to Fortran 90, Third Edition, Springer, 1995. DEM 58.00.
One of the first books about Fortran 90. Easy to read. Each
new concept that is presented is given a simple example
and therefore you can easily see how each concept is used.
The book is written by persons that were involved in the development
of Fortran 90. The book is recommended.
- Stephen J Chapman: Introduction to Fortran 90/95,
McGraw-Hill, Boston 1998. ISBN 0-07-011969-4.
- Thomas F. Coleman and Charles Van Loan: Handbook for Matrix
Computations, Frontiers in Applied Mathematics, Vol. 4, SIAM,
Philadelphia 1988. ISBN 0-89871-227-0.
The first chapter is an excellent introduction to Fortran 77. Very
easy to read. Also treats BLAS, LINPACK and MATLAB.
- Martin Counihan: Fortran 90, Pitman, London 1990. ISBN 0-273-03073-6.
I have not seen this book, but it is rumoured to be easy to understand
and it gives a lot of examples.
- Martin Counihan: Fortran 95, UCL Press, London 1996. ISBN 1-85728-367-8.
- Cray: Fortran Language Reference Manual, Volume 1, SR-3902 3.0,
Volume 2, SR-3903 3.0, Volume 3, SR-3905 3.0,
Treats not only the whole language Fortran 90 but
also how it is used on the Cray, with some extensions.
- DEC: DEC Fortran, Language Reference Manual, AA-PNU0A-TK, March
This is a complete manual which also treats Fortran 77 and all
the extensions made by Digital. Necessary for DEC-programmers.
- DEC: DEC Fortran for ULTRIX RISC Systems, User Manual,
AA-PNU1A-TE, March 1992.
Auxiliary manual on the ULTRIX - environment for Fortran 77. Necessary
book for the serious DEC-programmer. Is usually bought together
with the book above.
- Zane Dodson: A Fortran 90 Tutorial, Computer Science Department,
University of New Mexico, 27 June 1994.
PostScript, 56 pages.
- Stacey L. Edgar: FORTRAN for the '90s, Problem Solving for
Scientists and Engineers, Computer Science Press, New York, 1992.
ISBN 0-7167-8247-2. $19.95.
Complete textbook in both programming in Fortran 77 and in Fortran
90. Many examples from many different areas from science and
technology. In each chapter new features of Fortran 90 are discussed
and Fortran 90 is also more fully discussed in the concluding
chapter. The book is recommended.
- Bo Einarsson: Lärobok i Fortran 90/95, Linus & Linnea, Linköping 1994.
Fortran 90 Tutorial in Swedish, PostScript version.
Available according to instructions on my Fortran page.
- Bo Einarsson: Lärobok i Fortran 90, Linköping 1995.
Fortran 90 Tutorial in Swedish, hypertext version.
- Bo Einarsson and Yurij Shokin:
Kniga dlja programmiruyushchikh na yazyke Fortran-77, Izdatel'stvo Sibirskogo
Otdeleniya Rossijskaya Akademiya Nauk, Novosibirsk 1995. ISBN 5-85826-013-6.
Fortran 90 for the Fortran 77 programmer, Textbook in Russian,
published by the Siberian Division of the
Russian Academy of Sciences,
Title page are available
- Bo Einarsson: Some Experiences from Teaching Fortran 90,
Fortran Journal, Volume 8, Number 1, 1996 January/February,
pp. 2, 4-6.
- Torgil Ekman and Göran Eriksson: Programmering i Fortran 77,
Third edition, Studentlitteratur, Lund 1984. ISBN 91-44-16663-X
An excellent tutorial on Fortran 77. Describes all the
commands of Fortran. It is recommended to previously have read
a book on another language, like Pascal. Appendix C is both
well-done and very important. The book is recommended to those
who are fluent in Swedish.
- T. M. R. Ellis: Fortran 77 Programming, Second Edition,
Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Reading, Massachusetts 1990.
Complete book in both programming in general and in Fortran 77.
Many examples and good exercises. The last chapter treats
- T. M. R. Ellis, I. R. Philips and T. M. Lahey: Fortran 90
Programming, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Reading,
Massachusetts 1994. ISBN 0-201-54446-6.
Complete book in both programming in general and in Fortran 90.
Many examples and good exercises. The book is recommended.
- High Performance Fortran Forum:
High Performance Fortran
Language Specification, Version 1.0, 3 May 1993. Technical Report
CRPC-TR 92225, Center for Research on Parallel Computation, Rice
University, Houston, Texas 77251.
Available via anonymous ftp from titan.cs.rice.edu as the file
/public/HPFF/draft/hpf-v10-final.ps.Z. Includes 12 + 184 pages.
Also available here. It has also been published in the Fortran Forum, Vol. 12, No. 4
(December 1993), Vol. 13, No. 2, (June 1994), and Vol. 13, No. 3, (September 1994).
Very easy to read compared with most other standards, and has many
The latest versions
are now available both in PostScript and HTML from Rice University or from
the mirror at Vienna University.
- Wilhelm Gehrke: Fortran 90 Referenz-Handbuch, Hanser, München
1991. ISBN 3-446-16321-2. DM 168.00.
Complete description in German of Fortran 90. The book can be used
as a textbook but it is mainly for reference use. I find it rather
easy to read. It treats and explains everything. It is very similar
to the book of Adams et al.
- Wilhelm Gehrke (editor): Fortran 90 Language Guide, Springer, 1995,
ISBN 3-540-19926-8. DM 68.00.
- Wilhelm Gehrke: Fortran 95 Language Guide, Springer, 1996,
ISBN 3-540-76062-8. DM 64.00.
- ISO: ISO/IEC 1539:1991, Information Technology - Programming
Languages - Fortran, Second Edition, 1991-07-01, ISO Publications
Department, Case Postale 56, CH-1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland. SFR 185.
The standard can also be available in electronic
form both in ASCII and PostScript for a certain charge from Walt
Brainerd, Unicomp Inc., 235 Mt. Hamilton Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022,
Fax + 1 415 949 4058, E-mail email@example.com.
The official standard for Fortran 90. Rather difficult as a dictionary.
Requires that you have read a textbook on Fortran 90. The book
- ISO: ISO/IEC 1539-2:1994, Information Technology
- Programming Languages - Fortran - Part 2: Varying length characater strings,
ISO Publications Department, Case Postale 56, CH-1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland.
The complete text is available electronically, see further
Bo Einarsson's Fortran page.
- James F. Kerrigan: Migrating to Fortran 90, O'Reilly & Associates,
Sebastopol, CA 1993, 389 pages, ISBN 1-56592-049-X. $27.95.
It is a practical guide to Fortran 90 for the current Fortran 77 programmer.
- Charles H. Koelbel, David B. Loveman, Robert S. Schreiber,
Guy L. Steele and Mary E. Zosel:The High Performance Fortran Handbook,
The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts 1994. ISBN-0-262-61094-9. $ 24.95.
A very good book, not only about HPF but also with very good explanations
of various parts of Fortran 90. The book is recommended.
- Elliot B. Koffman and Frank L. Friedman: Problem Solving and
Structured Programming in Fortran 77, Fourth Edition,
Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Reading, Massachusetts 1990.
A complete textbook in both programming in general and in Fortran
77. Many examples and good exercises. Appendix D treats Fortran
8X (the previous version of Fortran 90). I find this look a
little more easy to read than the one of Ellis. The book is
- Erasmus Langer: Programmieren in Fortran, Springer, Vienna 1993,
ISBN 3-211-82446-4. DEM 45.
Tutorial in German on Fortran 90. Contains a unique appendix on the
floating point representation on the most commonly used computers.
- John M. Levesque and Joel W. Williamson: A Guidebook to Fortran
on Supercomputers, Academic Press, San Diego, CA, 1989. ISBN
This book treats a lot of tricks in order to vectorize Fortran 77
programs, especially on the Cray. Many of these tricks are however
already included in the Cray compiler. The book also describes some
- Mike Loukides: UNIX for Fortran Programmers, Nutshell
Handbooks, O'Reilly & Associates, Sebastopol, CA 1990, ISBN
An excellent UNIX textbook in Fortran programming. It has taught me
how libraries are used in UNIX. The book is recommended.
- Michael Metcalf: Fortran Optimization, Academic Press, London
and New York 1982. ISBN 0-12-492480-8.
A classical book how you get efficient Fortran 77 programs on a
- Michael Metcalf and John Reid: Fortran 90 Explained,
Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1990. ISBN 0-19-853772-7. $29.95.
This book was reprinted with corrections in 1993. A good and rather
easy to read textbook written by persons involved in the
development of Fortran 90. The 1993 printing contains a very
complete application example.
- Michael Metcalf and John Reid: Fortran 90/95 Explained, Second edition,
University Press, Oxford and New York, 1999. ISBN 0-19-850558-2.
This book is appended with Fortran 95, and is highly recommended.
The second edition also contains one chapter on floating-point exception handling
and one on allocatable dummy arguments, functions, and derived-type components. These
chapers correspond to ISO-approved extensions that will be part of Fortran 2000.
- Michael Metcalf: Fortran 90 CNL Articles
- NAG: NAGWare f90 Compiler (Unix), Release 2.0, NP2563, March
1993. ISBN 1-85206-087-5.
A short description of the NAG compiler with the listing of all
Fortran 90 commands and the intrinsic functions. It also contains
some extensions to the standard, three complete modules, and
information on mixing Fortran 90 and C.
- NAG: FTN90 User's Guide, July 1995. ISBN 1-85206-118-9.
A description of NAG's compiler, linker and other utilities.
In addition input/output and modules in Fortran 90 are
discussed. This PC version handbook is much more complete than the
one for UNIX.
- Rama N. Reddy and Carol A. Ziegler: FORTRAN 77 with 90:
Applications for Scientists and Engineers, Second Edition,
West Publishing Company, Minneapolis, 1994. ISBN 0-314-02861-7.
Basically a textbook on Fortran 77 with Fortran 90 extensions
at the end of each chapter.
- C. Redwine: Upgrading to Fortran 90, Springer, New York 1995,
ISBN-0-387-97995-6, $ 39.95.
- Patrick D. Terry: FORTRAN From Pascal, Addison-Wesley,
Wokingham, England, 1987. ISBN 0-201-17821-4.
The purpose of this book is to be a textbook in Fortran 77 for the
one who knows Pascal. Regrettably, it has more become a book on how
to write such programs, that are in reality more suited for Pascal,
in Fortran 77, e.g. simulation of recursion. Fortran ought to
be used at what it is good for, large numerical or technical
- Christoph Überhuber and Peter Meditz: Software-Entwicklung in
Fortran 90, Springer, Vienna 1993, ISBN 3-211-82450-2. DEM 60.
The first part of this book in German discusses the foundations
of numerical computing, and the second part describes Fortran 90.
- David R. Wille: Advanced Scientific Fortran, John Wiley and Sons Ltd,
1995, ISBN 0-471-95383-0.
Aimed at the general numerical community as a whole, it seeks to
provide a stepping stone to better, more efficient and more portable
programming for readers who already have a basic knowledge of Fortran.
Topics covered include programming style, portability, arrays, memory
management, the BLAS and LAPACK, and code optimisation. Also included
are NAG, High Performance Fortran and an extensive introduction to
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