NAG Fortran Builder
The NAG Fortran Builder is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) supplied free-of-charge with the NAG Fortran Compiler for Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac. Fortran Builder incorporates a number of tools that make it invaluable to developers, including a GUI.
My programs are much cleaner thanks to the new features in the NAG Fortran Compiler. This may seem like a minor issue, but there are literally hundreds of routines in my programs which pass arrays between them, and simpler interfaces lead to fewer mistakes. It's also useful to be able to write subroutines which decide the size of their return arrays internally, and to have allocatable arrays as structure components.
Ian Thompson, Research Associate at Loughborough University
Building projects using the Fortran Builder is incredibly simple. A click of the build button and that is all. Subsequent builds only recompile those files that have been changed and their dependencies. And if the default options are not suitable, it is simple to change them using Project Settings. Incorporated in Fortran Builder is a GUI debugger to help solve any runtime problems. The debugging system makes quick work of correcting code allowing the user to get back to the work in hand.
Fortran Builder compiles and automatically links with an appropriate, licensed NAG Fortran Library or NAG Library for SMP & Multicore implementation. It also comes with precompiled LAPACK Libraries. The help system within Fortran Builder not only gives general advice but will also suggest the right compiler options for your scenario. It also includes an extensive Fortran language guide.
- Call graph generator
- Interface block builder
- Informative runtime error messages
- Precision unifier
- Pretty Printer (polisher)
- On 64-bit Windows systems, produces either 32- or 64-bit code
- GUI debugger
- Integrated help system
- I/O library multi-threaded for performance
- Improved Random Number Generator
- Integrated NAG Library support
- Additional integrated libraries: OpenGL, GTK+
- Quick execution mode
- Jump to location of runtime errors
- Memory leak detection built into the compiler
The help system within Fortran Builder provides full documentation. The help system not only gives general advice but will also suggest the right compiler options for your scenario. It also includes an extensive Fortran language guide.
- Windows help (fortranbuilder.chm, see the security note below.)
Due to security restrictions on help files, it is not possible to browse the Help file directly from the internet, however if you save the file locally (choose save rather than open if prompted by your browser) to a Microsoft Windows system, opening the help file for the NAG Fortran Builder from the local file system should open the file in Windows help. You will need to unblock help files copied from the internet before the first use. Select the local copy of the file using the right button. Select the properties tab and click the “unblock” button.
The NAG Fortran Builder projects include Console Application, Static Library, Dynamic Library/DLL and projects using various numerical libraries. Once the desired project type has been selected and named, files can be added to the project. Existing Fortran source files can be added to the project using the usual OS file opening dialogue. These files can be edited using the built-in Fortran-aware editor, which can also be used to create new files. The editor uses colour coding of syntax elements to make the source code more readable and features keyword completion.
Fortran Builder screenshots are available here.
the NAG Fortran Compiler
|x86 and x86-64 Windows||Release 6.2|
the NAG Fortran Compiler
|Apple Intel Mac64||Release 6.2|
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