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Basis is a system for developing interactive computer programs in Fortran. Using Basis you can create a program that has a sophisticated programming language as its user interface so that the user can set, calculate with, and plot, all the major variables in the program. The program author writes only the scientific part of the program; Basis supplies an environment in which to exercise that scientific programming which includes an interactive language interpreter, graphics, error recovery, macros, saving and retrieving variables, formatted I/O, and on-line documentation.

Current Version:   11.4

License Type:   Free and Copyrighted, see

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Source Code Availability:   Yes

Available Binary Packages:

  • Debian Package:   No
  • RedHat RPM Package:   No
  • Other Packages:   No

Targeted Platforms:

Cray UNICOS, SUN (SunOS and Solaris), HP, SGI, and IBM. The author os Basis said it should be no problem on Linux, though they haven't ported it yet. The major difficulty is in the tricky configuration process.

Software/Hardware Requirements:

NCAR Graphics (for making pictures).

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