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.