Re: Systems for writing a science app front-end
Carlo Segre wrote:
While it is possible to feed gnuplot from an external script, we have
recently been developing a gnuplot replacement using python, wxwidgets
and matplotlib. The intent is to have a standalone tool for plotting as
well as something that can be integrated more completly into a GUI.
For my 3D data output (2D I manage in grace), I output files with config
options for gnuplot, then an instruction to read data from 'stdin', ie.
the rest of the file. Through including other files, I can set 'global'
options, and then run something like 'gnuplot *.Density.gnu' and
generate a sequence of png files, which I slideshow using 'display'
(imagemagick) and filter using grep et al. This works rather well,
although I'm sure there is a better way :)
While initially I was keen to get a 3d plotting tool analogous to
xmgrace for 2D, the scripts I have built up for gnuplot work well and do
not require too much repetitive gui 'clicking' (I understand that
xmgrace can be scripted, but haven't really got into it - and it only
handles 2D after all).
Initially, we started with Tk then moved to pyplot but the current
combination or wxwidgets and matplotlib seems to be a better bet for
portability and support in the future.
Are you intending to release this as a separate project, or is this an