[MPIWG Fortran] ticket 351

N.M. Maclaren nmm1 at cam.ac.uk
Tue Oct 22 10:34:39 CDT 2013

On Oct 22 2013, N.M. Maclaren wrote:
>However, I have always felt that the original C approach was a horrible
>hack, just as having C's argument list (and arguments) writable is.
>There were good reasons at the time but, given that Fortran has done
>without it with little to no trouble for so long, I agree with Bill.

Sorry about following up to myself, but I need to clarify.  My position
is not that the functionality is inappropriate, but that the proposal
is compounding other people's mistakes.  It might be the best possible
solution, given Fortran's constraints on pointers, but I am not sure
that it is.  I have never liked Fortran's interface, which was partly
forced by the restrictions in Fortran 90 that were relaxed in Fortran
95 and 2003.

Nick Maclaren.

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