During this summer, I participated in the Season of KDE, working on a Octave backend for Cantor with my mentor and Cantor author Alexander Rieder. I’m proud to say I have achieved my goal. In addition to running Octave commands directly from Cantor’s worksheet, all convenience features supported by both Cantor and Octave support are available:
- Syntax highlighting for functions, variables, operators and strings
- Easy access to function documentation / syntax help
- Easy 2D and 3D plotting of functions, with plots integrated in the worksheet
- Linear algebra extension for defining matrices and computing their inverse, eigenvectors and eigenvalues
- Integrated script editor and runner
- Possibility to interrupt or restart Octave at any time
I haven’t been really regular with blogging, so I would like to apologize and give you something better in return: a screencast. Please excuse my bad english and strange voice, I’m really not a good speaker in any language.
Also, it was only after I finished that I remembered it would be better to make a presentation with untranslated Cantor. I hope I explained everything I did well enough.
I would really like to thank the KDE team (especially Lydia) for organizing this, and my mentor Alexander for help and guidance (and finding me more things to do ). I will certainly continue working on (and with) KDE.