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ANNOUNCE: jmath-0.9.6 a command-line frontend for Mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg14857] ANNOUNCE: jmath-0.9.6 a command-line frontend for Mathematica
  • From: Jim Radford <radford at robby.caltech.edu>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Nov 1998 02:17:03 -0500
  • Organization: California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

If you have tried the text frontend that comes with Mathematica then you
must know the pain I felt before there was JMath. There is no command
history, editing, symbol completion or recognition that the window size
has changed. These are features I have come to expect from a command
line program.

JMath <http://robby.caltech.edu/~radford/jmath> is a text based frontend
for Mathematica <http://www.mathematica.com/> that is based on the GNU
Readline library <ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu>.  It is to Mathematica
what tcsh/bash are to csh/sh.  If you don't know what these are then
you probably don't want this program.  The following are some of it's
advantages over the default text based frontend 'math'.
 
 o Command line editing and history (via readline)
 o Symbol completion
 o Lets Mathematica know when terminal is resized
 o Moves cursor to position of syntax errors for easy correction

In order to build JMath you will need a copy of GNU Readline. If you
don't have it it can be found at <ftp://prep.ai.mit.edu/pub/gnu>.
 
I have tested JMath on Solaris/Linux/Irix with Mathematica-3.0 and
readline-2.1 and readline-2.2.
 
I also have Linux SRPMs available.

-Jim


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