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Re: Woctave-another gui front end

From: Nicholas Jankowski
Subject: Re: Woctave-another gui front end
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2012 19:38:32 -0500

On Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 4:44 PM, Sergei Steshenko <address@hidden> wrote:

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> Anyone know woctave? . I just found
> today. It look like guioctave,but opensource. It is a small one,written in
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Why do you need a GUI in the first place ?

I am asking because:

1) it is _you_ and not the GUI who is entering Octave commands;
2) it is _you_ and not the GUI who edits source files of Octave scripts;
3) it is _your_ reference of text editor that determines the text editor choice for the above;
4) it is the _OS_ and GUI toolkit which determines how the file manager looks and acts.

I.e. the screenshot I saw looks to me like simply glued together several windows which I have in any modern OS anyway and which I can rearrange the way I like.

Furthermore, I often work with _several_ source files - how does a GUI like that present several text files ?


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a great question. How many people 'grew up' using Matlab when they introduced the GUI, er, I mean Desktop?  what did it do? it took the CLI window, and a file manager window, stuck them together. Then, it added a persistent variable window, and a command history window. made them permanent additions. anything else? What I wanted it already had: a decent editor/debugger. I was fine with them all floating around as separate windows, and I usually hid much of the rest anyway.  Haven't really used Matlab since to know if there's something else I'm missing from any 'new' Gui, er, desktop features...  But I think I just harped on this a few threads ago... :)  That said, a GUI is a barrier to adoption. if for no other reason than people will say, "no gui?" and move on.


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