A person at my company needs to upgrade his Fortran compiler for Windows from a very old copy of Microsoft FORTRAN PowerStation 1.0a. If he wants to eventually use the merged Intel Visual Fortran due out later this year, then which is the better buy right now in terms of cost and simplicity: the current IFC or CVF?
We're under tight cost constraints now, so he wants to get the compiler that is the best value. What may be more important, though, is that he doesn't want to learn one IDE now and a completely new IDE and way of doing things once IVF becomes available.
This guy is not the type who will download demo copies of both compilers and try them himself. He's not very good at using the IDE and is counting on me to tutor him on how to, for example, use the debugger, which is what prompted this question in the first place (MPS 1.0a froze every time I tried to show him how to set a breakpoint and then start his program.). I bought the cheap upgrade to IFC for CVF users, but I've used only CVF. I'm waiting for IVF to appear before making the switch.
What say ye?