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Modern Fortran by Walter Spector, Norman S. Clerman

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11.Object Orientation

Until the advent of modern Fortran, the language could be classified as a strictly procedural one, built from subroutines and functions. A procedural program could be thought of as a series of calls to these procedures in which the desired computations are performed. Object-oriented programming, on the other hand, can be thought of as the interaction of independent entities, whereby the computations are carried out by means of messages sent and received by procedures (methods) bound to the entities (see Reference [8]).

Object-oriented programming (OOP) is a paradigm for programming that emphasizes the construction of objects that group related data. The objects are grouped with associated procedures and placed into a program ...

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