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Tips and Tricks for Using Visual Fortran 6.6 on Windows 10


Visual Fortran 6.6 Windows 10: A Guide for Fortran Programmers




If you are a Fortran programmer who wants to use Visual Fortran 6.6 on Windows 10, you may encounter some challenges and difficulties. Visual Fortran 6.6 is an old version of the Fortran compiler that was developed by Compaq and later acquired by Intel. It is no longer supported or updated by Intel, and it is not compatible with the latest versions of Microsoft Visual Studio. However, Visual Fortran 6.6 has some advantages over newer versions, such as simplicity, user-friendliness and compatibility with IMSL library.




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How to install and run Visual Fortran 6.6 on Windows 10




Visual Fortran 6.6 is a 32-bit program system that can be used in a 64-bit Windows environment, but it requires some special steps to install and run it on Windows 10. Here are some tips and tricks that may help you:


  • Use the setup.exe file from the x86 folder of the installation CD, not the setupx86.exe file from the root folder.



  • Run the setup.exe file as administrator and in compatibility mode for Windows XP.



  • Disable any antivirus or firewall software that may interfere with the installation process.



  • Apply all updates and patches for Visual Fortran 6.6 after installing it.



  • Add the Visual Fortran directories to the system path and environment variables.



If you follow these steps, you should be able to install and run Visual Fortran 6.6 on Windows 10 without any major problems.


How to upgrade your Fortran programs with Intel Visual Fortran Composer XE 2013 and IMSL 6.0




If you want to use a more modern and supported version of the Fortran compiler, you may consider upgrading to Intel Visual Fortran Composer XE 2013 with IMSL 6.0. This is a bundle that includes the latest Intel Visual Fortran Compiler and the IMSL library, which is a collection of mathematical and statistical functions for Fortran programmers.


To upgrade your Fortran programs with Intel Visual Fortran Composer XE 2013 and IMSL 6.0, you need to do the following:


  • Purchase and download Intel Visual Fortran Composer XE 2013 with IMSL 6.0 from the Intel website.



  • Install Intel Visual Fortran Composer XE 2013 with IMSL 6.0 on your Windows 10 machine.



  • Open your existing Visual Fortran projects in Microsoft Visual Studio, which is integrated with Intel Visual Fortran Composer XE 2013.



  • Change the compiler settings to use Intel Visual Fortran Compiler instead of Compaq Visual Fortran Compiler.



  • Add the IMSL library directories and files to your project settings.



  • Rebuild your projects and fix any errors or warnings that may arise due to compiler differences or code changes.



By upgrading your Fortran programs with Intel Visual Fortran Composer XE 2013 and IMSL 6.0, you can benefit from improved performance, compatibility, security and support.


How to debug your Fortran applications with Microsoft Visual Studio and Fortran Expression Evaluator




One of the features of Visual Fortran 6.6 that many users appreciate is the ability to debug their Fortran applications with Microsoft Visual Studio and Fortran Expression Evaluator (FEE). FEE is a tool that allows you to evaluate expressions and variables in your Fortran code during debugging sessions.


To debug your Fortran applications with Microsoft Visual Studio and FEE, you need to do the following:


  • Create or open your Visual Fortran project in Microsoft Visual Studio.



  • Set breakpoints in your code where you want to pause the execution and inspect the values of variables or expressions.



  • Start debugging your project by pressing F5 or clicking Debug > Start Debugging.



  • When the execution reaches a breakpoint, you can use the Watch window or the Immediate window to enter expressions or variables that you want to evaluate using FEE syntax.



  • You can also use the Locals window or the Autos window to see the values of local variables or variables that are used in the current statement.



  • You can resume, step over, step into or step out of your code using the debugging commands or keyboard shortcuts.



By debugging your Fortran applications with Microsoft Visual Studio and FEE, you can find and fix errors or bugs in your code more easily and efficiently.


How to use Visual Fortran 6.6 for Windows programming




Visual Fortran 6.6 is not only a compiler for numerical computation, but also a tool for Windows programming. You can use Visual Fortran 6.6 to create graphical user interfaces (GUIs), access Windows API functions, use ActiveX controls or COM objects, create DLLs or executables, etc.


To use Visual Fortran 6.6 for Windows programming, you need to do the following:


Create or open your Visual Fortran project in Microsoft Developer Studio, which is part of Visual


How to debug your Fortran applications with Microsoft Visual Studio and Fortran Expression Evaluator




One of the features of Visual Fortran 6.6 that many users appreciate is the ability to debug their Fortran applications with Microsoft Visual Studio and Fortran Expression Evaluator (FEE). FEE is a tool that allows you to evaluate expressions and variables in your Fortran code during debugging sessions.


To debug your Fortran applications with Microsoft Visual Studio and FEE, you need to do the following:


  • Create or open your Visual Fortran project in Microsoft Developer Studio, which is part of Visual Fortran 6.6.



  • Set breakpoints in your code where you want to pause the execution and inspect the values of variables or expressions.



  • Start debugging your project by pressing F5 or clicking Debug > Start Debugging.



  • When the execution reaches a breakpoint, you can use the Watch window or the Immediate window to enter expressions or variables that you want to evaluate using FEE syntax.



  • You can also use the Locals window or the Autos window to see the values of local variables or variables that are used in the current statement.



  • You can resume, step over, step into or step out of your code using the debugging commands or keyboard shortcuts.



By debugging your Fortran applications with Microsoft Visual Studio and FEE, you can find and fix errors or bugs in your code more easily and efficiently.


How to use Visual Fortran 6.6 for Windows programming




Visual Fortran 6.6 is not only a compiler for numerical computation, but also a tool for Windows programming. You can use Visual Fortran 6.6 to create graphical user interfaces (GUIs), access Windows API functions, use ActiveX controls or COM objects, create DLLs or executables, etc.


To use Visual Fortran 6.6 for Windows programming, you need to do the following:


  • Create or open your Visual Fortran project in Microsoft Developer Studio, which is part of Visual Fortran 6.6.



  • Select the project type that suits your needs, such as Standard EXE Project, ActiveX EXE Project, ActiveX DLL Project, etc.



  • Add the necessary files and resources to your project, such as source files, resource files, modules, forms, etc.



  • Use the Form Designer to design your GUIs by adding controls and setting their properties and events.



  • Use the Code Editor to write your Fortran code for your application logic and event handlers.



  • Use the Project Explorer to manage your project files and settings.



  • Build and run your project by pressing F7 or clicking Build > Build Solution.



By using Visual Fortran 6.6 for Windows programming, you can create powerful and user-friendly applications that run on Windows 10.


Conclusion




Visual Fortran 6.6 is an old but still useful version of the Fortran compiler that can be used on Windows 10 with some adjustments and modifications. It has some advantages over newer versions, such as simplicity, user-friendliness and compatibility with IMSL library. However, it is no longer supported or updated by Intel, and it is not compatible with the latest versions of Microsoft Visual Studio. Therefore, you may want to consider upgrading to Intel Visual Fortran Composer XE 2013 with IMSL 6.0, which is a more modern and supported version of the Fortran compiler that includes the IMSL library. Whether you choose to stick with Visual Fortran 6.6 or upgrade to Intel Visual Fortran Composer XE 2013 with IMSL 6.0, you can use this guide to help you install and run Visual Fortran 6.6 on Windows 10, upgrade your Fortran programs with Intel Visual Fortran Composer XE 2013 and IMSL 6.0, debug your Fortran applications with Microsoft Visual Studio and FEE, and use Visual Fortran 6.6 for Windows programming.


How to access Windows API functions with Visual Fortran 6.6




Windows API functions are a set of functions that provide access to various features and capabilities of the Windows operating system, such as file management, graphics, networking, printing, etc. You can use Windows API functions with Visual Fortran 6.6 to enhance your Fortran applications with Windows functionality.


To access Windows API functions with Visual Fortran 6.6, you need to do the following:


  • Include the appropriate header files that contain the declarations of the Windows API functions and data types that you want to use in your Fortran code. You can find these header files in the include folder of Visual Fortran 6.6.



  • Use the EXTERNAL attribute or the INTERFACE block to declare the Windows API functions that you want to call in your Fortran code.



  • Use the CALL statement to invoke the Windows API functions with the appropriate arguments and return values.



  • Link your Fortran project with the appropriate libraries that contain the definitions of the Windows API functions that you use in your code. You can find these libraries in the lib folder of Visual Fortran 6.6.



By accessing Windows API functions with Visual Fortran 6.6, you can leverage the power and flexibility of the Windows operating system in your Fortran applications.


How to use ActiveX controls or COM objects with Visual Fortran 6.6




ActiveX controls or COM objects are reusable software components that provide specific functionality or user interface elements that can be used by different applications. You can use ActiveX controls or COM objects with Visual Fortran 6.6 to add rich and interactive features to your Fortran applications.


To use ActiveX controls or COM objects with Visual Fortran 6.6, you need to do the following:


  • Register the ActiveX control or COM object that you want to use on your Windows system by using the regsvr32.exe utility or by running the installation program of the component.



  • Create or open your Visual Fortran project in Microsoft Developer Studio and add a form to your project.



  • Use the Project > Add To Project > Components and Controls command to browse and select the ActiveX control or COM object that you want to use from the list of registered components.



  • Use the Form Designer to place and resize the ActiveX control or COM object on your form and set its properties and events.



  • Use the Code Editor to write your Fortran code for your application logic and event handlers.



  • Build and run your project by pressing F7 or clicking Build > Build Solution.



By using ActiveX controls or COM objects with Visual Fortran 6.6, you can create dynamic and user-friendly applications that use existing software components.


Conclusion




Visual Fortran 6.6 is an old but still useful version of the Fortran compiler that can be used on Windows 10 with some adjustments and modifications. It has some advantages over newer versions, such as simplicity, user-friendliness and compatibility with IMSL library. However, it is no longer supported or updated by Intel, and it is not compatible with the latest versions of Microsoft Visual Studio. Therefore, you may want to consider upgrading to Intel Visual Fortran Composer XE 2013 with IMSL 6.0, which is a more modern and supported version of the Fortran compiler that includes the IMSL library. Whether you choose to stick with Visual Fortran 6.6 or upgrade to Intel Visual Fortran Composer XE 2013 with IMSL 6.0, you can use this guide to help you install and run Visual Fortran 6.6 on Windows 10, upgrade your Fortran programs with Intel Visual Fortran Composer XE 2013 and IMSL 6.0, debug your Fortran applications with Microsoft Visual Studio and FEE, use Visual Fortran 6.6 for Windows programming, and access Windows API functions and ActiveX controls or COM objects with Visual Fortran 6.6. ca3e7ad8fd


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