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octave to matlab conversion

From: John W. Eaton
Subject: octave to matlab conversion
Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2005 17:16:15 -0400

On  6-Oct-2005, Ben Barrowes wrote:

| BTW, is there any reason that these different conventions were
| adopted aside from stylistic considerations?

Octave was not conceived as a "clone" of Matlab.  As a C/C++
programmer, != and ! seemed more natural to me.

| The endfunction and its
| cousins (endofr, etc.) are more explicit and understandable, but why
| a new comment character?

So that on a Unixy system you can write a script that starts with
something like

  #! /usr/bin/octave

and make it an executable program.


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