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Exceptions

There is a situation where an explicit deviation from the FORTRAN standard is acceptable, namely array transfer to underlying subroutines. On the one hand, it is accepted that the dimension number and size in a current array are different to the number and size in an associated dummy argument array declarator, while on the other hand it is accepted that arrays are transferred by using the start address. In both situations explicit use is therefore made of the FORTRAN characteristic that array transfer means no more than start address transfer.


It goes without saying that this option goes against programming ethics and should therefore be avoided wherever possible, although its use is inevitable in larger packages. Several reasons are:

It is clear that the above approach is not without its risks and is therefore not allowed, except in the top layer of subroutines the user needs to handle. All underlying subroutines must be neat and tidy. In addition, if these options are used, the array bounds need to be checked carefully, because neither checkers nor debuggers are then able to carry out the checks.


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