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Technical Java™: Developing Scientific and Engineering Applications by Grant Palmer

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Chapter 2. Moving from Fortran to Java

If you are moving from Fortran to Java, there will be a learning curve. Java is a C and C++ based language, and the basic syntax used by Java is different than Fortran. What's more, Java is an object-oriented language. You will have to learn to think and program in an object-oriented manner. The good news is that simplicity was one of the design goals of the developers who created Java. It's much easier moving from Fortran to Java than it is to move from Fortran to a language like C++.

You will quickly realize that Java is more powerful and versatile than Fortran. There are more programming constructs and more ways of customizing programming elements. Java is a more comprehensive language as well. It offers ...

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