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Re: [Gnucap-devel] gnucap and python

From: al davis
Subject: Re: [Gnucap-devel] gnucap and python
Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2007 18:28:13 -0400
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What we really need is a graphic post-processor.

I think you are looking mainly at the control and command side 
of it.  That's fine, but there is a more pressing need for the 
output side, to display and manipulate waveforms.

For now, we have "gwave" which works, but has limits, and is not 
being actively developed.  Among the problems, some have 
difficulty compiling it, it doesn't work in a pipe, it does not 
manipulate waveforms, and it only plots based on time in 
transient, frequency in AC, etc.

Ideally, the whole thing would be written in an interpreted 
language like Python.  The base program could start with 
the "gwave" functionality.

Then bring out python's interpreter to do math on the waveforms, 
like "V(R1) - VCE(Q1)/2" or something like that.

Once you have brought out the inperpreter, anyone can add to it.  
Thinks like ....

Then add the ability to plot based on something other than the 
traditional X, so it could do Smith charts, Nyquist plots, 
dynamic transfer curves, ...

Add a triggering capability, like an oscilloscope, so it can 
retrace like an oscilloscope.  This will enable things 
like "eye diagrams".

If someone wants to step up, THIS is what we really need.

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