nick.carter at roke.co.uk
Thu Apr 29 12:45:22 CEST 2004
Also look at Matplotlib for Matlab-like plotting:
"Edward C. Jones" <edcjones at erols.com> wrote in message
news:40904EDE.9060407 at erols.com...
> Cameron Laird wrote:
> > In article <D2Xjc.28117$Qc.1080799 at twister1.libero.it>,
> > Sarge <sarge at arena.invalid> wrote:
> >>Hi, everybody!
> >>I'm a moderately experienced programmer in Matlab, and looking for a
> >>free computational language (Matlab is *REALLY* expensive for an
> >>individual, like me).
> >>I came across Python (actually Scipy) and immediately felt
> >>comfortable with the interface and syntax.
> >>I'm still a newbe, so, before attempting a serious work on it, I'd
> >>like to hear any opinion about migration from Matlab to Python, and
> >>also a rough comparison between these two languages.
> > .
> > .
> > .
> > 1. I run into quite a few people making a transition
> > from Matlab to Python; invariably they say that
> > the change is working out better than they expected.
> > Very roughly speaking, Python allows for more
> > abstraction and expressive power that expands their
> > horizons beyond what they achieved with Matlab.
> > 2. They're different, though, and Matlab certainly
> > boasts a massive collection of special-purpose
> > add-ons that will take a while to replace. Also,
> > for some functions, Matlab is much faster (and for
> > others, Python is much faster).
> > 3. For the most conservative transition, you'll want
> > to learn about Octave.
> > A reference to Octave and more appear at <URL:
> > http://phaseit.net/claird/comp.programming/open_source_science.html >.
> Also check out numarray and PIL.
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