As part of some maxima ramblings, a little script to take a FORTRAN expression, which is used to generate efficiently computed list of function values.

A possible use for this is to generate heavy graphs from mathematica expressions, which can be converted into fortran expressions with the fortran command:


The idea is to have an easy to use C program that calls a little fortran subroutine, and that whole program is invoked by a tcl proc, which also takes care of the combined compilation of the fortran and C function value loop code, and the exec of the resulting executable:

 # Feed this Tcl proc a fortran expression
 proc formake {e} {
   global f
   set t [subst -nocommand {
      subroutine sayhello(x,r)
        real x,r
        r = $e
   set f [open sub.f w]
   puts $f [string trim $t \n]
   close $f
   exec gcc -o fm sub.f main.c -lm
   return [exec fm]

(DKF: Adapted the above to use subst for greater code clarity.) (TV Isn't there a backward compatibility issue with this ?) (DKF: Certainly not if your version of Tcl is less than 10 years old.)

[TV} (apr 6 '05) I've changed the declaration of the reals; I guess this is correct according to the fortran way...

This, or an adapted, C program is needed in the current directory:

 /* This is file: main.c */

 extern void sayhello_(float *, float *);

 int main(argc, argv)
 int argc;
 char *argv[];
   float in, out;
   float x, start, stop, incr;

   if (argc == 1) {
      start = -10.0;
      stop = 10.0;
      incr = 2.0;
   } else exit(-1);
   for (x=start; x<=stop; x+=incr) {
      in = x;
      printf("%f %f\n", x, (float) out);

Calling the formake routine in this case returns a formatted list of 21 X Y values, but it could return more. Of course braces could be added to automatically create a Tcl list as result.

There is nothing against using these methods in Bwise blocks.

Note that this approach assumes running on a linux like or compatible (like maybe cygwin) system, with gcc present with fortran extensions, I tested on RH9, which worked fast.

LV Too bad that critcl couldn't do the FORTRAN compilation...

TV Maybe some day Maxima will on top of a Tk interface also have tcl/expr inteface, or who knowns, maybe somebody has time and vision to replace the LISP based code with tcl code... (wish wish)

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