(j3.2006) Why is the Passed-Object Argument Explicit?

Craig Dedo craig
Tue Feb 4 14:49:14 EST 2014


            Yesterday, on the Intel Visual Fortran (IVF) Developers Forum, Jim Dempsey
asked this question:


Do you know why the Fortran standards committee did not choose to make the "this" arg
implicit?  (like most other OO languages)

[End of quote]


            Although I was present during the development of the OOP features, my memory
is hazy as to why the passed-object argument is explicit rather than implicit.  Could one
or more persons refresh my memory?  Malcolm, you headed up the OOP effort, could you
please contribute your insight?



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