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Re: Woctave-another gui front end

From: Sergei Steshenko
Subject: Re: Woctave-another gui front end
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2012 17:04:42 -0800 (PST)

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From: Nicholas Jankowski <address@hidden>
Subject: Re: Woctave-another gui front end
To: "Sergei Steshenko" <address@hidden>
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Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 4:38 PM

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

> wtl.




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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.



AFAIK (though I don't have access to Matlab), Matlab allows to build GUI 
applications, i.e. one can create a GUI and as callbacks to widgets' state 
changes to call Matlab functions.

Such a functionality makes sense, but gluing together provided by the 
OS/desktop environment windows doesn't.


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