Hello World

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Hello World

This is what the “Hello World” program looks like in Tonto

program run_HELLO_WORLD

      implicit none

      ! Macro to create Tonto system object
      ! Start MPI-parallel stuff too (if needed)

      ! Start timer

      ! Initialise standard I/O.

      ! Do it
      stdout.text(Hello World)

      ! Memory report

      ! Clean-up files

      ! Clean-up tonto system


To compile the program type make run_hello_world.exe.

Now, if this seems like a lot of work to print out “Hello World” remember that the Tonto library is fully self contained: there are no external libraries or dependencies, there are no hidden operations or code.

Other points to note:

  • The program name includes a run_ prefix before the name HELLO_WORLD all in capitals. This is requied.

  • Comments appear after an exclamation mark. (Note: The highlighting of code within comments, and in the code is not always correct because I use the ruby language highlighter for the moment).

  • There is a lot of “set up” and “clean up” which occurs, controlled via macro commands such as TONTO_START and TONTO_DESTROY respectively. These are required.

  • The code uses standard dot notation to pass messages to objects e.g. the “Hello World” is passed to the the stdout textfile object.

  • TONTO_REPORT produces optional timing, memory use, or call stack backtrace — if compiled with special switches.

  • If this seems annoying, remember that Tonto is self-contained and nothing is hidden or farmed off to libraries.

  • You can explicitly clean-up objects via stdout.destroy but you don’t have to. It may help in places where you want high efficiency.