QLab is a project that aims to develop a MATLAB-like engine for doing calculations, with some added features and advantages.
The main idea behind the Qlab project is to develop open source software which will support complex mathematical calculations. It is being developed by Faculty of Mathematics, University of Belgrade and it's supported by Microsoft Academic Community Serbia. The project is written on .NET platform. It is published under MS-RpL.
Qlab is developed on Microsoft .NET platform, language used is C#. Development environment is Microsoft Visual Studio and .NET Framework version used is 4.0. Project is divided into 4 sub-projects: parser, basic mathematical operations, engine and GUI. Each of them is being developed independently, with respect to standards of communication which were defined earlier. This kind of project organization secured modularity of the project and simplified it's organization. Also, it allows us to add new features and improvements in the future without modifying the entire project. More precisely, if new features or improvements are added to one of the sub-projects, only that one will be modified and, with respect to communication standards, the rest of the application will continue to work. This is a very important feature, especially if we take into consideration the fact that Qlab is an open source project and that anyone can add new features.
The process of execution goes as follows: a user defines functions and scripts he wants to use in the GUI. When a command is called or a function is executed, GUI passes the command to the engine. Engine parses the command and functions and scripts needed for the execution, and based on the syntax tree and basic mathematical operations executes the command. Result is then sent back to the GUI which displays it to the user.
For parsing we used Gardens Point Parser Generator, developed on Queensland university in Brisbane, Australia, which is also open source. It translates standard lex/yacc grammars to C# library which parses text. Parsed text is returned in the shape of a syntax tree.
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