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Re: GUI frontend for Octave

From: Tatsuro MATSUOKA
Subject: Re: GUI frontend for Octave
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 17:06:38 +0900 (JST)

Dear all

I have recived the mail from Sebastien Loisel.
I have refered it here with his permission.

Thank you very much for your email. I find it encouraging that you and
others are making progress on the Windows versions of Octave. Right now I
don't have the time to work on Octave Workshop. There were also some
complications for me in the sense that John W. Eaton and the other Octave
designers seemed to be interested in an approach which seemed to make things
a bit more complicated for me.

John and the others were very excited (I think) by the possibility of having
a GUI for Octave. Their proposed mode of operation is to use a virtual TTY
to communicate between the Octave process and the GUI application. This is a
very good way of separating the code into various components, but it also
means that the GUI must have a full terminal emulator. This meant that
instead of embedding Octave, I would basically run the Octave binary in its
own thread. In addition, I was using the opportunity between user inputs to
read and write to Octave data, like matrices. When Octave is run as its own
process, I lose that data path, which means that there's no special window
of time for me to read and write Octave data. As a fix, they started
discussing a possible solution by making Octave thread-safe.

That sounds very exciting to me, but unfortunately sounds like a larger
project than what I was shooting for.

In the mail exchanging to him, he have state that 
he did not mean initiate some new projects with the good folks who develop 

Unfortunately the development of the octave workshop will not be resumed.

I refer his mail not only to inform that.
I felt that his mail contains the good suggestions for those who want and want 
to develop GUI.    

I myself am not strongly concerned to GUI. But I am using the octave for the 
lecture in my unisersity.
 It is preffed the existence of the GUI for the biginners.


--- Tatsuro MATSUOKA <address@hidden> wrote:

> Dear Mr. S&eacute;bastien Loisel
> This is Tatsuro MATSUOKA.
> Please forgive me my contact to you suddenly by an e-mail.
> I took part in the octave ML a few month ago.
> My current job on the octave is to provide unauthorized cygwin binaries and 
> provides some
> information
> octave for windows.
> Recently the topic GUI frontend for Octave have been discussed again.
> In your Octave Workshop home page,
> Octave Workshop is unmaintained.
> I will wait until Octave/MinGW works better before resuming my work.
> have been written.
> Now a testing binary of a octave 2.9.12 mingw32 build is available due to the 
> effort of
> Benjamin.
> I hope you to resume your work.
> Here is John's a comment for the GUI.
> At least I hope you to come back to the discusstion here like Feb. 2006.
> Sincerely yours,
> ***********************************
> Dr. Tatsuro MATSUOKA at Nagoya University.
> Associate Professor
> Department of Molecular Design and Engineering,Gradudate School of 
> Engineering.
> (Undergraduate : Department of Chemical Engineering.)
> Octave related Email : tmacchant_at_yahoo_dot_co dot_jp
>   (_at_ --> @; _dot --> . ) 

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