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From: Jon Harrop <jon@f...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] caml and python
On Thursday 22 November 2007 15:21, Andrej Bauer wrote:
> My inquiry was actually geared towards getting some sort of
> Mathematica-like front-end environment that could link to a
> computational "core" (or cores) running as separate processes. Are there
> any pooor man's frontends out there? I am aware of Texmacs and Sage.
> Texmacs strikes me a bit idiosyncratic, while Sage scares me in sheer
> size. I just want a nice little general-purpose frontend that can do an
> interactive loop and show pictures and math formulas as results.

We have a complete typesetting engine using TeX fonts with Mathematica's 
layout and hardware-accelerated rendering using OpenGL via Smoke. This is not 
yet in the free bytecode edition of Smoke but if anyone is interested I'll 
gladly ship it.

Smoke includes picking (selection of objects with the mouse) so you can easily 
write a GUI front-end with typesetting using it (we already did this for 
Presenta). Smoke is also cross platform, so the result would run out of the 
box on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. We also now have OCaml compilation 
environments on all of these platforms, so I'll get binaries for everything 
up on our site ASAP.

I am interested in the idea of writing a cross platform typeset IDE building 
upon OCaml using exactly this technology. We should collaborate!

Dr Jon D Harrop, Flying Frog Consultancy Ltd.