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1. Program description and history.

     Now we started with the program I created some time ago. I use this program ( and used its predecessors  for MS-DOS, Win 3.x ), to speed up my work with Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) design.
     How this program appeared? Many years ago my friend demonstrated me the shell he created for  his  Turbo-Pascal  program.  He  used  for this the "Turbo Professional 5.0" system, which allowed user to create nice-looking user-friendly interface in minutes, without tedious work ( compile, run, correct, compile etc. ) with intermediate variants. User simply drew necessary windows and menus, using mouse only - most complex tool for this work. As a result of this work, user had the sources of the program without necessity of deep knowledge of generated sources. User needed only to insert his own ( numerical or other ) blocks into this program. Good approach, either?
     In former times of PC XT/AT, FORTRAN programmers had Microsoft FORTRAN 5.0 for MS-DOS, which worked in "classic regime" - black screen and file-oriented input and output. Also, there were some packages from various firms for graphical analysis of numerical data stored in files.
     But, it appeared, that Microsoft provided convenient scheme for mixing-languages programming for this first FORTRAN compiler for PC. User could write and use modules written in Microsoft MacroAssembler, to receive the access to system functions of PC. And, after deep studying of methods for direct access to videomemory, I created my first program "Program Interface Generator" for MS-DOS FORTRAN at 1989. It allowed me to speed up dramatically the work with interface design - my FORTRAN programs had menus, windows with input/output fields for data used in programs.
     In process of time, we received new processors from Intel and found, that using of 486-processors allows us to work with operating system based on Graphical Interface - Microsoft Windows. And, again, at the moment of Windows 95 appearance, Microsoft Visual C++ ( and analogous compilers from other firms ) received "build-in" features of visual programming - applications wizards. And, again, FORTRAN users had only technology of mixing-languages programming with trivial/old Resource Editor and with some set of interfaces to Win32 API functions. Working as beta-tester for Microsoft, I decided to continue my investigations, but now under new graphical environment. And next version of my "Program GUI Generator" for Microsoft FORTRAN PowerStation 4.0 appeared at the beginning of 1997. Time goes, and Microsoft disappeared as FORTRAN compiler developer.
     It should seem, that DEC appeared as serious developer of FORTRAN compiler under Windows 9x/2000, but some times later, we see now new stage of "post-Microsoft" FORTRAN compiler for Windows - CVF 6.x.
     Actually, we have now the tool, which demonstrates now stable and accurate work under Windows 9x/2000/XP - long story of numerous upgrades, service packs realized in reasonable version 6.1A. After this version appearance, at the end of January 2002, I decided to rewrite completely my old wizard, taking into account new improvements in FORTRAN made by Compaq and new Windows features came with Windows 2000/XP. My wizard allows me to develop acceptable GUI in 15-20 times faster, in comparison with standard technique of direct Win32 API function calls coding. Also, wizard supports “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG), and it allows me to avoid numerous experiments with images/controls alignments etc. But, most interesting and useful feature ( from my side of view, of course ) of the wizard consists in the fact, that generated programs are open for user's experiments with other GUI components, which can absent in current version of the program. My friends with minimal background in Win32 API had no problems in understanding and in using this wizard.