Within the great world of the interpreted languages, There is a small niche occupied by the languages dedicated to the ‘ mathematical processing through computers. This may sound a bit abstract, but if we talk about programs like the famous Derive, Mathematica or Matlab you may already have in mind a clearer idea of what we mean.
Octave a program in this line, which offers us great potential with the freedom provided by the GNU code. Its most direct equivalent can be considered the well-known Matlab (with which it also seeks full compatibility), since both are high-level languages interpreted with a large number of functions dedicated to the numerical analysis.
Octave had its origins around 1988 as a support program for a textbook on calculation of chemical reactions. Subsequent needs for the subject meant that the program had to gradually expand in its functionality to what we know today of it, a high-level programming environment devoted primarily to numerical computation.
The features of Octave make it a program conducive to academic teaching as its structure and syntax will remind us of other programming languages such as C and C ++. That way, if no prior language is known, all the time spent learning the grammar and functions of Octave will not fall on deaf ears.
Octave also provides a console interface that, since version 4.0.1 has been improved with the inclusion of a new graphic type, Allowing the solution of linear and nonlinear mathematical problems, to carry out experiments by means of calculation of variables and the possibility of realizing great works of batch processing.
Although with a multiple purpose, Octave has been used mainly as a system for solving algebra problems, differential equations, integrals, polynomial transformations and so on and so forth thanks to its extensibility through programmable modules in other high-level languages such as Fortran, C, C ++ and Pyhton others.
The purpose of the applications that Octave has is very varied. Examples of advanced facial recognition, sound wave processing, or feature calculation applications all performed with this program abound on the Internet. It is therefore difficult to find a single purpose in an application that in itself represents a development environment. Knowing its strengths we can know about which applications can program with this tool. It is now up to each programmer to make the most of each of their functions.
As previously mentioned, Octave is a free GNU program available for a multitude of platforms from his own Web page. You can also get involved in the project from here or get help from their dedicated forum.