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Fortran and Visual Studio

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I need Fortran compiler and Visual studio to set up and run NONMEM. 

Purchased parallel studio XE composer edition for fortran compiler. I am hearing mixed information that Fortran compiler comes with visual studio and hence no need to purchase separately. Is that true? 

Thanks

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Black Belt Retired Employee
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If you buy a Commercial or Academic license, Intel Parallel Studio XE includes a Fortran-only development environment based on Visual Studio 2015 (the version of VS changes every once in a while.) Student and Evaluation licenses don't include this. It also works with Visual Studio Community Edition, which is free for many.

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Thanks Steve. Does that mean VS comes along with Fortran purchase?  

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It's not VS, it's a VS-based Fortran-only development environment. It has none of the Microsoft compilers (VC, VB, etc.) It looks like VS but is the VS UI, some MS tools and libraries - what you need to develop, build and debug a Fortran application, nothing else to buy. The one thing you will miss is the Resource Editor for designing dialog boxes. (There is a freeware resource editor out there that people use.) Or you can install VS2017 Community Edition (follow the instructions here) and get everything you need along with the MS compilers.

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Thank you for the detailed info. Do you know whether Fortran with VS based environment comes with build tools like link.exe? 

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Sinnollareddy, Mahipal wrote:

Thank you for the detailed info. Do you know whether Fortran with VS based environment comes with build tools like link.exe? 

Yes , everything you need except the resourse editor for windows menus dialogs etc.

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While the resource editor is not included, the resource compiler is, so you can build applications that have existing resource files.

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