Valeri Galtsev wrote: > On 06/08/18 15:26, m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote: <SNIP> >>> On a similar note: one of the companies whose software scientists here >>> were using a lot (IDL is a product) changed hand several times, and >>> last owner changed licensing terms and stopped signing perpetual licenses. >>> With perpetual license you were able to keep upgrading software during >>> support period, usually 1 year, and keep using last version later >>> forever only you are locked to that older version. They stopped signing >>> perpetual licenses, and made it "software for rent" with 1 year rent >>> term. When that happened I recommended all our people to avoid using >>> IDL in new projects (python was my recommendation as fair replacement - >>> just what I know, not that I consider it better than other alternatives). As >>> a programmer (former I should say, as I don't put my dirty hands into >>> code lately, almost not) I wouldn't invest my time into mastering >>> something that I not necessarily will have access to at some point in a >>> future... >> >> Yeah. We have a number of folks here using R, and fewer still using >> Matlab. > > Sounds like your former matlab users are happy with R (bad name, BTW, > try to search...). Thanks, I will know now what to mention as > alternative if it will be about matlab! > And it has heavy hooks for python. And it's open source. Matlab may have more sophisticated tools, but.... mark "now, there is the guy who runs R jobs on a server with a ton of memory *and* to Tesla cards that run for, literally, 2-3 *weeks*. Lotta data...."