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Re: Signal Processing GUI

From: Quentin Spencer
Subject: Re: Signal Processing GUI
Date: Mon, 05 Nov 2007 14:13:53 -0600
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Jordi GutiƩrrez Hermoso wrote:
On 05/11/2007, JonCole <address@hidden> wrote:
He's doing a lab for undergraduates and doesn't really
want to have to teach them the syntax and command line.

My gut reaction to this is that the command line is ten times as
expressive as any GUI could ever be. I am teaching a course on
numerical analysis right now, and I'm not afraid to tell them to bust
open a shell and type some commands once in a while, even if there's a
GUI that will let them accomplish the same task much more slowly. If
that's too complicated, then prior to the lecture you prepare a list
of commands that they can either copy-paste to the command line or
just have them read it from a file.

I have my doubts that GUIs actually facilitate learning anything. Even
the Windows world is having a shell revival with their Microsoft
Windows Power Shell Plus Professional Edition Deluxe, or whatever the
marketable term is nowadays. Besides, it's not as if Octave's syntax
were complicated. And when GUIs have a reasonable implementation of a
command history and command completion, then we'll talk. ;-)

I agree. It's kind of ironic that Octave was originally conceived as a high-level language that would make it possible to avoid teaching Fortran to undergraduates, and now we want to avoid teaching Octave to undergraduates.

To answer the original question, though, if you're just after some basic Matlab-style GUI tools, I think some of the gnuplot replacement projects might be working on that, but I don't really know the details. If you want an equivalent of Simulink, there isn't one.


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