[Israel.pm] PDL or Matlab?

Avishalom Shalit avishalom at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 10:57:49 PDT 2009

adding to teh list

symbolic math.
gui building tool , with object oriented callback enabled gui
graphic engine.
integrated debugging engine .
database connectivity
perl interpreter :-)
numerical solutions for ordinary and partial differential equations.
and even a web browser

last i checked it was ~5000$

2009/6/1 Shlomi Fish <shlomif at iglu.org.il>:
> On Monday 01 June 2009 09:02:29 Gabor Szabo wrote:
>> Back a few months ago we had a discussion that brought up Matlab:
>> http://mail.perl.org.il/pipermail/perl/2009-March/010213.html
>> It is not the first time Matlab is mentioned here and we also had
>> mentions of PDL.
>> http://search.cpan.org/dist/PDL/
>> I wonder if someone with background in either or both of those tools could
>> give me ideas in comparing the two ?
> I worked with Matlab for my Technion homework. As a language, from the
> programming language design aspect, it is pretty limited, and also has a very
> limited debugger (without even conditional breakpoints). But I was impressed
> from the power that its bulk-tensor operations give to an engineer. Many
> students did not take the time to learn it properly, and just used loops all
> over the place, but I took the time to learn the true Matlab way.
> I worked with PDL a little and also wrote an extension for it. It seems
> impressive and usable, but like Roey said, its scope is much smaller than
> Matlab's. If you just need bulk operations on numeric tensors, then it would
> still be usable, naturally.
> Because PDL is based on Perl 5, the core language is much better and much more
> usable than Matlab.
> If you're looking for a free Matlab-compatible (but still incomplete)
> replacement look at GNU Octave.
> Regards,
>        Shlomi Fish
>> If Matlab need help from Perl then why not just use PDL for the whole
>> thing?
>> Gabor
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