Despite the availability of many excellent books and scientific articles and daily discussions on comp.lang.fortran, information about modern Fortran programming is sometimes difficult to find. There is a need for something that changes faster than books, papers, and documentation, but is more persistent and organized than a newsgroup.
I recently started the Fortran Wiki with the aim of filling this void. Its mission is to provide an open and community-driven venue for documenting and discussing all aspects of the Fortran language and, more generally, scientific computing as a whole. Among other things, the Fortran Wiki shall collect:
- Fortran source code: programs, modules, and procedures.
- Data structures and design patterns.
- Questions and answers regarding Fortran code and style.
- Information and usage examples for various Fortran libraries.
- Comparisons of compiler features and usage.
- References to books, articles, and other Fortran resources on the web.
The wiki runs on Instiki. Some features of interest are:
- Simple and clean Markdown wiki markup.
- Fortran syntax highlighting.
- Math support (inline LaTeX is converted to MathML for display).
- SVG support for diagrams, figures, etc.
- Pages can be exported to LaTeX (for making PDFs, etc.).
- The entire wiki can be exported and downloaded as HTML or text.
My feeling is that the potential is there for a lot of growth for such a site and I’m very interested to see how it turns out. I welcome any and all feedback and contributions over at the wiki.