I used to have an old crusty copy for 32-bit Windows on some previous laptop from some previous job. These days I'm using a MacBook (and 64-bit Windows when I have to) so I figured I'd go see about getting an updated copy for personal use...
$2,100.00 for a single, personal use license. Are you f-ing kidding me? I could buy a really nice bass for $2,100.00. Y'know, for $200.00 I would have just bought MATLAB right away. For anything up to $500.00 I probably would have just bought it after some serious thought... For $2,100.00 -- no way!
I want to post snippets of mathematical code here from time to time, and I'd like students and non-millionaire-hobbyists to be able to conceivably grab those and play with them. So to heck with MATLAB. Started looking into free and/or open-source alternatives, and few that I played with were not that bad:
|NumPy / SciPy (http://www.scipy.org/)|
I'll comment more on these soon after I've had a little more of a chance to play around with them. I'm probably leaning towards NumPy / SciPy, since so many people seem to be familiar with Python these days.
The most immediate weakness of all three of these seems to be the lack of a fully developed 3D polygon patch visualization system like MATLAB has (damn you, MATLAB!) so I guess I'll be looking elsewhere for that.