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# One Fortran Code Line Not Understood

## One Fortran Code Line Not Understood

(OP)
Hi all,
I'm in the process of converting a Fortran maths program of several hundred lines to Excel VBA. All is fine except for one line of the Fortran code. I haven't seen this code form before.

#### CODE -->

! ...
logical aa
real ( kind = 8 ) bb
real ( kind = 8 ) cc
real ( kind = 8 ) dd
real ( kind = 8 ) ee

! ... numerous code lines go here 

Here's the problem line of code, which I presume is intended to set the state of aa

#### CODE -->

aa = aa .or. ( bb < cc .and. dd < ee )

I don't understand why aa is on the right side, separated by the .or. test. For example, it seems that aa could be set to the state of aa, which makes no sense to me. I'm clearly missing something here.
Any clarification would be much appreciated.
Thanks

### RE: One Fortran Code Line Not Understood

If aa is true then it stays true
If aa is false but (bb < cc .and. dd < ee ) then it becomes true
If aa is false and ( bb < cc .and. dd < ee ) is also false then it stays false

So I'd say the equivalent VBA would be

If aa = False and ( bb < cc and dd < ee) = True then aa = True

But I haven't checked that.

ps If you are interested in a fairly painless way of running Fortran from Excel, you might like to look at:

https://newtonexcelbach.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/r...

Doug Jenkins
Interactive Design Services
http://newtonexcelbach.wordpress.com/

### RE: One Fortran Code Line Not Understood

Actually the Fortran also works in VBA:

#### CODE --> VB

Function Checkaa(aa As Boolean, bb As Long, cc As Long, dd As Long, ee As Long) As Boolean
aa = aa Or (bb < cc And dd < ee)
Checkaa = aa
End Function 

Doug Jenkins
Interactive Design Services
http://newtonexcelbach.wordpress.com/

### RE: One Fortran Code Line Not Understood

(OP)
Thanks for clarifying the code. I now understand the operation of the logic.

#### CODE -->

aa = aa Or (bb < cc And dd < ee)

works perfectly in VBA.
Thank you also for your fast response. Marvellous assistance.

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