Programmer's Guide to F

By Walt Brainerd, Charlie Goldberg, and Jeanne Adams
Published by The Fortran Company, 2001. 368 pages. $33.00
ISBN 0-9640135-1-7

F is a simple yet powerful programming language. F is ideal for introductory programming, not only for computer science but also for math, engineering, and science. F is also ideal for advanced programming as it is a subset of both Fortran 95 and High Performance Fortran.

Special feature in F include:

and the necessary features such as:

Because F is small, error messages can be exact and specific. Because F is a subset of existing powerful languages, there is a smooth transition for the beginner into professional programming.

``Programmer's Guide to F is a quick reading, often humorous, introduction to F. It is full of examples and is well designed for an introductory course in science and engineering programming.'' David Epstein, co-author of the F programming language.

The Programmer's Guide is a tutorial-style presentation of all the important features of F. The topics are presented in an order that is natural for learning. The style is informal and there are many realistic examples. Exercises are provided to test knowledge of the concepts covered. The syntax of F and the intrinsic functions are covered in appendices.

The book is similar to Programmer's Guide to Fortran 90 by the same authors and several sample sections from this book may viewed online.