dovl at freescale.com
Mon Jul 9 18:52:52 PDT 2007
"And on the non-free front..."
The horror, the humanity
DSP SoC System and Applications Engineer,
Network and Computing Systems Group
Freescale Semiconductor Israel
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From: perl-bounces at perl.org.il [mailto:perl-bounces at perl.org.il] On Behalf Of Yosef Meller
Sent: Monday, July 09, 2007 21:23
To: Perl in Israel
Subject: Re: [Israel.pm] PDL
ציטוט Amir E. Aharoni:
> I'm trying to move away from Windows as much as i can. I don't need it
> for anything, but my wife is doing her second degree in Physics (she
> is a lot more smarter than i am) and she is a heavy user of scientific
> software, in particular MATLAB.
> I don't know almost anything about this kind of software, but some
> people claim that PDL is a worthy and free competitor to MATLAB.
If MATLAB is her preferred environment, I would suggest GNU-Octave as a
free replacement. It lags behind in graphics, but other than that it's
very useful, and Octave 3.0 is nearing its release and promises to close
most of the gap.
> Does anyone on this list have positive experience with it? If you can
> compare it to MATLAB, it would be nice too.
I have a negative experience with PDL - after I wrote some program with
it, when I upgraded PDL I suddenly found that I have no eigenvalues
because of a bug, so my program wouldn't work at all.
The only thing I can really say about it is that if you must use Perl
for physics work, PDL is probably better than plain Perl.
> I know i can search for such comparisons on the web, but it will be
> particularly useful to know how does PDL fit into the Israeli academic
> environment (my wife studies in the Hebrew University) - for example
> would it possible to prepare a thesis in Physics in HUJI or Technion
> (solid state, semiconductors, etc.) using PDL instead of MATLAB.
> Many thanks in advance to anyone who can help.
Also there's numpy for Pythoneers, scilab (not exactly MATLAB
compatible, but close enough), and possibly others.
And on the non-free front, MATLAB is available for Linux too.
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