Rant

I need to let off steam because I’ve dug myself into a hole using Matlab. If I could start again I would be using R, or Octave or any number of opensource mathematics tools. Matlab is ugly – this wouldn’t usually be a problem, I respect functionality over whizzy interfaces – but it feels clunky and whenever you try and do something it breaks something else you just did. Or maybe you want to align graphs to a grid? Ooops, you can’t save to a fucking matlab figure anymore. Why? Because even though you’ve paid thousands of dollars in licensing fees Mathworks can’t make a decent stable program. I’m not even doing anything tricky. Just basic data manipulation. If it was remotely taxing I’d cut them some slack… but this is meant to be the same piece of software used for huge aeronautical and space systems? I hate to think of the troubles they have.

And when I submit bug reports? They flog them off to HRS in New Zealand which sells the software. They don’t have a thing to do with fixing bugs. This lets Mathworks sit around on their asses pretending there isn’t anything wrong.

Not the mention that the GUI is unintuitive and unresponsive enough to give you a brain haemorrhage.

There, I’m done. I’d like to say I feel better, but I have to go back and keep using it. At least the 2006a release has just arrived – maybe it will fix some bugs although I’m sure it will have introduced equally annoying ones too.

Last point: If you ever make a website do not make links pop-up as a seperate window. If I wanted that to happen I would have done it myself. FU*^#**%@2##CK

Update: I should note that Mathworks got back to me about the saving of a figure bug in less than 2 days and have indeed fixed the bug in the latest version.



5 comments ↓

#1   Jon on 04.04.06 at 10:25 pm

Well I don’t know much about Matlab, but that browser window thing is a pet peeve of mine too. You’d think someone would have modded firefox to always open web pages in the current window.

#2   Jon on 04.04.06 at 10:26 pm

Duh… turns out I’ve never checked the preferences menu for firefox 1.5, and sure enough they have an option to do exactly that.

#3   andrew brown on 04.04.06 at 11:10 pm

that functionality was always in firefox, they just never had the option of choosing it before 1.5….

i’ve never used matlab so i can’t comment, but i have personal problems with myob at work. professional software shouldn’t be so ass

#4   fairy princess on 04.05.06 at 1:26 am

All I know about matlab is that I hate it.

I also hate the maths lecturer that made knowing matlab part of our final exam requirements back in 99. (200 level linear alegbra with scary lecturer from canada with googly eyes)

#5   Joel on 04.05.06 at 3:26 pm

oh looky there is such a preference. I probably would have looked for a way to disable it if I was rational. Instead I like to whine at you guys about it ;P Anyway, I still don’t understand why web designers think it is a good idea in the first place (To them, I say FOAD).

Turns out the matlab ppl are not so bad, they replied with a work around and have fixed the bug in the 2006a edition – which is sitting waiting to be installed when I can be bothered.

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