Writing this article wasn’t easy. At first glance, it’s all about a fairly unentertaining subject (building a calculator, the kind of exercise that every IT student tried at some point of its education), and to make the matter worse, it’s pedantically advertised. But in the end, I believe that this article really brings out valuable features, highlights enjoyable development stories, and offers an interesting experience, so bear with me!
I built a desktop calculator called Chalk, which is free and supports macOS 10.9+. Because I had to make unconventional choices and introduce ideas that I never saw anywhere else before, my first task is to convince you that Chalk is more interesting than it looks.
Alright, let’s see what the not-at-all critical and discerning OSNews readership thinks of this one.
Is anyone able to sum this up in a paragraph? I Read through pages of text and it never seemed to get to the point. IMHO this writeup needs a summary.
Personally I use linux apcalc “C-style arbitrary precision calculator” . It’s command line, but so what? It does the job I expect a calculator to do and is not guilty of skeumorphism and form over function.
I also hop into libreoffice calc for evaluationg complex chains of computation since it’s trivial to input & visualize numbers and get instant results.