11 years of development
Last modified on Monday, 24 December 2007 21:13
After 11 years of development the free numerical computing environment Octave 3.0 has been released.
The software is based around the MATLAB language compatibility as one of its design goals which makes it different from other free or semi-free code. For example, it can manage much better support for MATLAB's Handle Graphics which is a syntax closer to MATLAB's own for many functions.
Many of the functions from the Octave Forge project have also been ported to the core giving it much more functionality. The GNU software in many ways is doing what MATLAB are charging a lot of money for, for free. However, Matlab syntax makes it harder to use and there is a trend toward Python these days.