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2011-11-27 12:46:50 +0200 marked best answer MathCad-like front end for Sage

Thinking a bit on the topic led me to an idea: you can write your formulas in any editor which generates latex as output (something like what is used in LyX), and then write a code that converts latex formula into python or sage. Generally, in this way it may be possible to use LyX itself as a frontend to Sage (this presentation gave me this feeling). LyX is just a typesetting frontend, though. This may require a lot of coding anyway.

2011-11-27 05:03:08 +0200 commented answer MathCad-like front end for Sage

Note for the reader: The plug-in for TexMacs works like the notebook, from what I've seen. While it's obvious that a lot of work has been put into TexMacs and it may be a great tool to use, LyX is my personal preference.

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2011-11-27 03:32:13 +0200 commented answer MathCad-like front end for Sage

WOW. Ok, LYX looks awesome from that presentation. Converting latex formula and using for input is what I had in mind. As I said, my search skills failed me. @Jason Grout this looks more advanced down the track, then. Thank you both, I will look into them.

2011-11-26 02:09:06 +0200 commented question MathCad-like front end for Sage

@ADuC812 I haven't use anything but version 14, myself. I also just start learning Sage, too (while translating it's documentation, if this make process ever ends and I can get the source files for documentation in English). But the idea of an open source free equation editor has bugged me [for a while]( I was going to look into Octave as a back-end for that, as my first attempt with Sage was a failure. Since then I've found out that one does not have to install X11 and Firefox inside the virtual machine. :)))

2011-11-26 02:08:26 +0200 commented question MathCad-like front end for Sage

@ADuC812 [BOUML]( is inspirational towards the issues that you point out. Don't really like the implementation but is a pointer. It does not have to be black and white, after all. I have no intention to suggest dropping the console altogether. "In situ" console as in notepad is a nice way of doing things, separate window is another way.

2011-11-24 14:08:56 +0200 commented question MathCad-like front end for Sage

@ADuC812 thank you for your comment. Indeed, one of the "issues"/feature is the order and size of evaluation. In a graphical environment special arrow-like connectors may indicate the way a sheet is to be evaluated and each equation may be tagged for recompute at certain events or completely prevented. "Graphical formula-like way" is what I'm really missing. Considering the trend towards <touch-screens miniaturisation="" reducing="" the="" size="" of="" the="" computers="" emergence="" of="" tablets=""> and the fact that Sage works as a server so that computational load is on the server (me hopes, still to read the sources) I think that a part of the existing user set and some new users may be interested in this way of using Sage. I'm quite interested why you think that it's not an advantage at all.

2011-11-24 14:06:22 +0200 commented question MathCad-like front end for Sage

@parzan thank you for the tip. Had a brief look into it (got No Backend Found and went on google to look for some screen-shoots) and it lacks the "graphical formula-like way" tha I'm interested in. Which leads us to

2011-11-23 14:21:42 +0200 asked a question MathCad-like front end for Sage


I imagine this to be a recurring question / topic in Sage communities but, if so, my search skills are failing me. The only thing that I've found is this project started (and abandoned?) in 2009.

So... are there projects that aim to create a front end for Sage that features an editor like MathCad's? Is there some previous work that one can relate to? Previous research? Ideas? Web-based / desktop based? Any bit of information would be appreciated.

Thanks. Nick