Gcalctool-ng

Been playing a bit with the gcalctool-ng branch of gcalctool today, to help Rich and Sami decide whether it was time to merge the new features back into head. Hopefully I've convinced them that it is :)


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Please, oh _please_, oh \*please\* let this be the change that adds operator precedence to the calculator. It is the height of insanity that the default calculator that ships in Gnome is so braindead it can't do primary school math without the user adding the parens. To make matters worse, not only does gnome-calctool violate (nay, decimate) the Principle of Least Surprise by evaluating 3+2\*4=20, but they hide the fact that it ignores operator precedence by burying the info in a mediocre help page, where it casually mentions the L-R precedence in section 3.4.13. Argh! We all laughed at Microsoft when their calculator gave incorrect answers to certain floating point calculations. Surely this is worse? Please excuse the rant, and thank you for your improvements!!

Posted by Joe User on June 16, 2004 at 07:08 PM GMT+00:00 #

Yes, operator precedence is one of the main enhancements... we've been debating whether to make it the default or not (as it's currently still an option, and a lot of people \*are\* used to the Windows calculator, and indeed the current gcalctool). We decided that it should be though, at least until people complain otherwise.

Posted by Calum Benson on June 17, 2004 at 03:48 AM GMT+00:00 #

Looks almost as good as galculator.

Posted by Anonymous on June 19, 2004 at 06:23 AM GMT+00:00 #

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I am an Interaction Designer in the Systems Experience Design team, arriving at Oracle via Sun where I've worked since 2000. I currently work on sysadmin user experience projects for Solaris. Formerly I worked on open source Solaris desktop projects such as GNOME, NWAM and IPS.

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