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Re: Octave User Interface

From: David Grundberg
Subject: Re: Octave User Interface
Date: Thu, 04 Feb 2010 08:46:51 +0100
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John Swensen wrote:

Having worked on an IDE in the past (OctaveDE, and I hope to spend some more 
time on it when I finish my PhD), I can tell you that it is a lot of work.  
Especially to make sure it runs on all platforms.  It was easy to get something 
working on just my Mac or just in Linux, but when trying to get things working 
across all platforms without any bugs and crashes was quite a bit more 
difficult.  OctaveDE is now at the point where it has the command line, 
variables panel, history panel, and a very crippled editor (I wish I could just 
embed Emacs as the editor, but keep it all one program).  I mostly use the 
editor for debugging and have Emacs open to edit.

I've tried OctaveDE in the past, and it is neat. I like how the GUI is integrated with a terminal running Octave and how the user is typing directly to Octave. This is really good compared to having some GUI readline replacement. Also I know you worked on intra-process integration, so it's not some kind of reading-from-a-pipe solution. And I've seen the screenshots running on Windows and MacOSX. I say you have done a great job.

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