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Qalculate backend for Cantor

A very popular request on the Qalculate forums is a port of the KDE3 interface to KDE4. While there is no progress that I know of on this task, there is now an alternative for KDE users: using Cantor as a graphical interface.

As some you already noticed, I have recently pushed a new branch, called qalculate-backend, into the Cantor git repository. The backend was originally created by Milian Wolff and recently I have also been working on it. The main functionality of the backend is already implemented, as you can see from the screenshot below.

Some work on the help system has also been already done, but it’s not complete yet:

What is still missing, compared to the other backends already available, is the ability to support LaTeX output, variable management, linear algebra support (to guide the user in the creation of vectors and matrices), syntax highlighting and tab completions.

If someone is interested in contributing, please leave a comment below! The target would be to implement most of these features before SC 4.8 and merge the backend into git master.

8 responses to “Qalculate backend for Cantor

  1. Reik Insbacher August 23, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Huh? i wonder.. whats with krunner? it uses the Qalculate stuff.

  2. Filipe Saraiva August 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Great! Maybe, Cantor in KDE 4.8, will have a Qalculate and a Scilab backend!
    Cantor rulez!


  3. RGB August 23, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Many thanks!

  4. Martin Küttler August 24, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I already contributed minor patches to cantor and would like to help with this backend, if you are still looking for contributors. Please contact me if you are interested.

  5. Alexander Rieder August 24, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    thank you for working on this!

  6. Milian Wolff August 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Oh you are my hero for taking up my work in that regard! Thanks a million!

    If you have any questions or so, don’t hesitate to ask me.

    Take care

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