May 01, 2020
Authors: Milan Curcic
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Welcome to the first monthly Fortran newsletter. It will come out on the first calendar day of every month, detailing Fortran news from the previous month.
If you came to this newsletter from elsewhere, welcome to the new Fortran website. We built this site mid-April and hope for it to be the home of Fortran on the internet, which traditionally there hasn’t been any to date. Look around and let us know if you have any suggestions for improvement. Specifically, Learn and Packages are the pages that we’ll be focusing on in the coming months. Please help us make them better!
Here’s what’s new in Fortran Standard Library:
#173 Minor bug fix.
WIP: Addition of
trace functions to make working with
In the past month we’ve seen the first working implementation of the Fortran Package Manager (FPM). Specifically:
fpm build–compiles and links your application and/or library.
fpm test–runs tests if your package has any test programs.
fpm run–runs the application if your package has an executable program.
Read the FPM packaging guide to learn how to build your package with FPM.
FPM is still in very early development, and we need as much help as we can get. Here’s how you can help today:
The short term goal of FPM is to make development and installation of Fortran packages with dependencies easier. Its long term goal is to build a rich and decentralized ecosystem of Fortran packages and create a healthy environment in which new open source Fortran projects are created and published with ease.
Last month was also the deadline for the WG5 convenor candidates to apply for the next 3-year term (2021-2024). There are two candidates:
Steve Lionel, who is also the current WG5 convenor, announced running for another term. Read Steve’s post about how he has guided the standardization process over the past three years and his direction for the future.
Ondřej Čertík has also announced announced to run for the WG5 convenor. Read Ondřej’s announcement and platform that detail current issues with Fortran language development and how to overcome them going forward.