[Gretl-users] web interface to Gretl

Sven Schreiber svetosch at gmx.net
Thu Sep 6 02:38:52 EDT 2012


On 09/06/2012 02:25 AM, Allin Cottrell wrote:
> On Wed, 5 Sep 2012, Rodrigo Alfaro Arancibia wrote:
> 
>> I use Gretl for teaching applied econometrics. Last semester, some
>> students asked about the possibility of having Gretl on Ipad (I do not
>> have one) Anyway, I found that question on the web and it seems that
>> there is not plan for compiling Gretl on that OS
>> (http://lists.wfu.edu/pipermail/gretl-users/2011-May/006250.html).
> 
> No. The gretl user interface is not designed for tablet use (this 
> would require a complete redesign). And while tablets are nice for 
> some things they are fundamentally the wrong tool for scientific 
> computing.

Hm, I agree that gretl should not be redesigned for tablets, but in
principle I think that its GUI could work nicely there. Yes, not for
thorough scientific computing, but for playing with the data and getting
to know them it would be perfect. I mean, selecting a series, then
creating its first difference via the menu, then looking at the plot
etc. would all be perfect stuff for a tablet -- or even a smartphone
with a large screen. Pretty soon there won't be a real difference
between tablets and phones anymore anyway.

Even estimating a regression wouldn't be a big deal given gretl's nice
dialogs for that.

Having said that, of course the underlying technology needs to be ready
first. Maybe relevant in this context:
http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Shuttleworth-Ubuntu-to-come-for-tablets-smartphones-and-TVs-in-2014-1368963.html

So indeed, don't hold your breath.

cheers,
sven






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