WRITE(*, has the same meaning as PRINT. WRITE is
used for general purpose printing and the asterisk here denotes the standard
output device. If we want to prompt the user for input, then we could use PRINT
but the output automatically advances to the next line which is not ideal.
WRITE(*,*) is the same as PRINT * so the second
asterisk in WRITE denotes list directed output. However, with list directed
output, it is not possible to suppress the linefeed. In place of the second
asterisk we use a format specifier to describe how the output is to
appear. This takes the form of a string enclosed by round brackets. The letter
a indicates that the output is a string.
The third argument of WRITE is used to suppress the linefeed.