Book announcement: Scientific Software Design: The Object-Oriented Way
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Our colleague Jim Xia recently coauthored a new book: Scientific Software Design: The Object-Oriented Way (ISBN: 978-0521888134). The book is a great example of how to use the object-oriented features of Fortran 2003 in scientific design patterns. BTW, the examples in the book compile with XL Fortran.
The Back Cover:
This book concerns software design. Although many current discussions of scientific programming focus on scalable performance, this book focuses on scalable design. The authors analyze how the structure of a package determines its developmental complexity according to such measures as bug search times and documentation information content. The work presents arguments for why these issues impact solution cost and time more than does scalable performance. The final chapter explores the question of scalable execution and shows how scalable design relates to scalable execution. The book's focus is on program organization, which has received considerable attention in the broader software engineering community, where graphical description standards for modeling software structure and behavior have been developed by computer scientists. These discussions might be enriched by engineers who write scientific codes. This book aims to bring such scientific programmers into discussion with computer scientists. The authors do so by introducing object-oriented software design patterns in the context of scientific simulation.