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General Development InfoWorld's Peter Wayner reports on once niche programming languages gaining mind share among enterprise developers for their unique abilities to provide solutions to increasingly common problems. From Python to R to Erlang, each is being increasingly viewed as an essential tool for prototyping on the Web, hacking big data sets, providing quick predictive modeling, powering NoSQL experiments, and unlocking the massive parallelism of today's GPUs.
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RE[4]: Surprised about matlab
by jwwf on Tue 26th Oct 2010 15:05 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Surprised about matlab"
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Honestly, I have yet to find a system that does what MATLAB does for its intended applications, period. Your gripes seem to be based around purely qualitative arguments, which are a minefield when it comes to discussing technical issues.

Maybe the OP's application is not one of the intended ones, who knows? Maybe his advisor has only Matlab as a hammer, so uses it for every nail? We all probably know somebody who does ridiculous things in Excel because they don't know about sed or a programming language.

I don't believe that you can effectively discuss anything in a sufficiently complex technical system without using qualitative arguments, for the same reason I don't believe command economies work--imperfect people, imperfect information. The machine to human brain interface is qualitative.

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