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  1. Oct 19, 2016 #1

    Stephen Tashi

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    In the spirit of "It's fun to make lists", tell the forum what software you use in your field of study - with emphasis on what programs you use, rather than what general purpose computer languages you use.

    How much of your software is used because its a favorite of a particular department at a particular university ?

    Physicists and astronomers often make posts with acronyms designating programs I've never hear of - what are their full names? What do they do?

    Electrical engineers use programs to set up "programmable logic devices". Are there lots of programs of this type?

    Nothing much to report, myself - I'm retired and my only work is serving as executor of an estate - for which LibreOffice writer and calculator come in handy.
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  3. Oct 20, 2016 #2


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    From an EE standpoint, it's good to be comfortable with using several software tools:

    ** C -- you use this for many test programs to test your designs or help with manufacturing test fixtures
    ** Tcl/TL or Python -- for automating your manual scripts or other test applications
    ** MATLAB -- for your design work, especially simulating your algorithms on large datasets and plotting/visualization
    ** SPICE -- Using any of the many SPICE circuit simulation packages to optimize your designs
    ** Verilog -- For your ASIC designs
    ** Xilinx Integrated Design Suite for CPLDs and FPGAs -- https://www.xilinx.com/products/design-tools/ise-design-suite.html

    and so on... :smile:
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  4. Oct 20, 2016 #3


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    Some of the analog EE's at a company I worked for used Visual Basic's drag and drop tool to create a GUI with charts and graphs to display data output by devices in the design stage. Visual Basic generates the user interface code, so the EE's only need to add code to capture and interpret the data from such devices.
  5. Oct 20, 2016 #4


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    For flight controls software (retired now):
    MATLAB and Simulink. Was MATRIXX and SystemBuild years ago.
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  6. Oct 20, 2016 #5


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    Experimental particle physics:
    - ROOT and its variants, based on C++ or python. Most software frameworks (specific to the experiments) are based on ROOT.
    - Various programs written for particle physics, obviously (Monte Carlo generators, GEANT 4, ...)
    - Matlab for some hardware-based tasks.
    - Xilinx for FPGAs
    - The usual office programs for some quick calculations, presentations, forms, ...
    - LaTeX for presentations and publications
    - various text editors
    - browser and so on, obviously
  7. Oct 20, 2016 #6
    Most of my real work:

    LibreOffice Calc (spreadsheet)
    Graph.exe (https://www.padowan.dk/download/)
    Tracker video analysis (http://physlets.org/tracker/ )
    LibreOffice Writer
    ImageJ (https://imagej.nih.gov/ij/)
    Vernier Logger Pro
    MotionStudio (high speed video capture and analysis)
    AMoreAccurateFourierTransform (https://sourceforge.net/projects/amoreaccuratefouriertransform/)
    QuickLOAD (Internal ballistics)
    JBM (External Ballistics, http://www.jbmballistics.com/cgi-bin/jbmtraj-5.1.cgi )
    GCC (C compiler)

    When I was on the USAFA math faculty, we used Matlab and MMa a lot for teaching, and a colleague and I introduced Graph.exe for early math courses. The only one I still use regularly is Graph.exe, though we did recently get one of the lab assistants a subscription to Wolfram Alpha.
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    (I'm a particle physics master's student!)
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    Experimental device physics/low temperature physics
    • Matlab- for most things including controlling instrumentation
    • Labview -controlling instrumentation (albeit less and less, these days we mainly use Matlab with the Instrumentation control toolbox)
    • Scipy/Python -for some type of modelling (mainly with toolboxes such as Qutip)
    • COMSOL- for FEM simulations
    • Sonnet - for simulating microwave circuits
    • Latex- for writing papers
    • MS Office- for day to day office stuff
    • Origin- for creating graphs for publications (although I mainly use Matlab for this as well)
    • Inkscape, GIMP etc for creating illustrations
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    For research in atomic and molecular physics:

    For research in combustion:

    For teaching in engineering physics:

    General purpose:
    Emacs (for editing all kind of files)
    Igor Pro (for plotting)
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    -Emacs as editor; sometimes vi for smaller tasks
    -LaTeX for text processing
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    Python via Enthought Canopy
    Eagle PCB CAD
    SPICE Circuit Simulation
    Elsyca (electrochemical FEM)
    Gamry Framework (electrochemical impedance modeling)
    Played with Matlab, Fortran, C++, TecPlot and ImageJ.
  13. Oct 20, 2016 #12
    Undergrad here, I use :
    Python, sadly currently the only real tool I know how to use ( Scipy,Sympy,Numpy,matplotlib,VPython(via Jupyter) via Spyder IDE/ yes I use it for everything at the moment )
    Desmos online
    LaTeX ( Our professor obliges properly written papers to be sent to him on email for questions )
  14. Oct 20, 2016 #13
    Software engineer here, lets see:

    Code::blocks, Notepad++, Gedit, vim, tail, G++, gdb, valgrind, php, dependency walker, Xcode,

    Tcpdump, wire shark, fiddler, paros, nmap, telnet

    Svn, git, jenkins, jira, nsis, rpm, yum, phpmysqladmin, liquibase

    Mathematics, matlab

    Vsphere, zen, esxi, virtual box, grub, wine, darwine rdesktop, x11
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    Outlook, Power Point, Word, ..., Mathematica, R.
  16. Oct 21, 2016 #15


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    Matlab, Matlab, Matlab.

    Runners up:
    Python and it's various math science pkgs, IDEs.
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    No one has yet mentioned their browser. Outlook and my browser (IE / Mozilla) occupy 90% of my time using software. The rest is Powerpoint, Excel and various only-known-in-my-company point tools for accessing various company data.
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    My browsers are chromium and firefox. I don't know, how to work with Microsoft products. E.g., I've been never able to produce a readable text with Word (and I've never seen one written by others ;-)).
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    This is only because the escape button is of no use in Word ... :biggrin:
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    Yeah, that explains it ;-)).
  21. Oct 23, 2016 #20

    George Jones

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    Maple on my office desktop and on my laptop.
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