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Systems for writing a science app front-end

Hi all,

Interested to hear what people think wrt platforms/systems in which to write a front-end for a console scientific app (typically long-running).

Personally I'd be inclined to go with something like python+wxpython (or maybe py-gtk), but someone I know is basing one on matlab, which has the benefit of making plotting rather easy - at least if matlab is your thing ;) I've heard talk of vtk, but I'm not sure how advanced the python bindings are, or how flexible it is. They can compile the matlab code to c, although I'm not sure if that's a feature they want or whether its just 'in case' for efficiency. Possibly the choice of matlab could be related to perceived future ease of maintenance, ie. availability of skilled programmers for it in future.

I'm sure people have come across this type of situation before, but what I have in mind is something which makes scientific simulations easier to use. This might include making input of key parameters more self-evident, perhaps even including some gui design. It'd also be useful to have results feed in, maybe as they are generated, perhaps even a simulation progress-tracker.

What would people recommend?


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