butter VS Forscape

Compare butter vs Forscape and see what are their differences.


A tasty language for building efficient software. WIP (by neverRare)


Scientific computing language (by JohnDTill)
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butter Forscape
2 16
111 30
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8.9 7.8
5 months ago 8 days ago
Rust C++
Apache License 2.0 MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of butter. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-07-31.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Forscape. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-12-25.
  • [Weekly] What is everybody working on? Share your progress, discoveries, tips and tricks!
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/QtFramework | 25 Dec 2022
    Finally adding multi-file support to Forscape. The frontend UI aspects are completed and I'm quite happy with the result. The app is Unicode heavy and QString's UTF-16 encoding is an annoyance; I would much prefer if Qt relied on std::string even. But the signal/slot mechanism lets you achieve some complicated behaviour with minimal complexity, and Qt looks great.
  • Build Qt Project w/GitHub Actions
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/QtFramework | 3 Dec 2022
    Here's an example from a project. The first step installs Qt, the second step clones my repo on the runner, then a bit more setup with Conan, then building and running.
  • C++ Show and Tell - November 2022
    16 projects | reddit.com/r/cpp | 1 Nov 2022
    I've been working on the Key CAS project (Imgur Screenshot), CAS being an acronym for Computer Algebra System, and "Key" a judiciously chosen title. This was my third time attempting CAS- this iteration was a huge improvement, but I still find it to be a damn hard problem. The GUI comes from the open source project Forscape, a scientific computing environment written in C++.
  • What Operators Do You WISH Programming Languages Had? [Discussion]
    4 projects | reddit.com/r/ProgrammingLanguages | 21 Oct 2022
    It gets fun when you go beyond flat symbols and start supporting 2D notation, like fractions and matrices. Probably not worth the hassle for most things, but I think it makes matrix expressions more compact with better readability.
  • Forscape: what features are in your ideal scientific language?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/programming | 11 Aug 2022
    Forscape is a scientific computing language in development. It supports first-class matrices and common matrix operations. The language reached a milestone when it achieved similar performance to other prominent scientific langs on a computationally involved numerical problem from my graduate school years. At this point, I am unsure where the development should go next and I would appreciate advice. What do you find missing in scientific computing languages? What are essential features that you need/enjoy?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/programming | 11 Aug 2022
  • August 2022 monthly "What are you working on?" thread
    21 projects | reddit.com/r/ProgrammingLanguages | 31 Jul 2022
    Forscape, currently entirely numerical, is only getting minor edits while I start on a standalone CAS project. It's based on an earlier attempt, and I find myself better suited for the work this time. The logic rules are implemented, like (A ∧ B) ∨ (A ∧ ¬B) ⇒ A. The last iteration taught me it's important to do the logic first, because for arithmetic there are conditional rules like x/x ⇒ 1 if x ≠ 0, else undefined. I am worried if a compiler using CAS for optimisations and features will have scaling problems on large programs, but the project will be an interesting experience at the least.
  • Does anyone really like what Mathematica achieves, but hates the syntax?
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/ProgrammingLanguages | 6 May 2022
    I have similar goals with Forscape, although it is a traditional desktop app and I hope to implement term rewriting fast enough to run interactively in the editor. Are you developing publicly, or keeping your lang under wraps for now?
  • May 2022 monthly "What are you working on?" thread
    15 projects | reddit.com/r/ProgrammingLanguages | 1 May 2022
    I managed to implement static dimensions for Forscape, as displayed by the tooltips where it is deduced that a variable is a member of ℝ³˟³. This is the last purely PL feature for a v1.0 of the language. The current static analysis step is a bit of a stop-gap; robust static evaluation will easily exceed the combined complexity of the editor, parser, symbol resolution, and interpreter built so far- which is a moving target beyond the initial design. I would like to add plotting and improve the editor interaction before a 1.0 release. The current feature set is an accomplishment, but there is still plenty of room for growth, if I can find the motivation and hope.
  • Should programming languages switch to special characters (gliphs) for it's code?
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/ProgrammingLanguages | 27 Apr 2022
    For specific domains like high-level scientific computing, special characters can help. I'm playing with a lang that uses IDE buttons and typing shortcuts to allow special characters, Forscape. You can execute code like:

What are some alternatives?

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tailspin-v0 - A programming language with extreme data-pattern matching and data-declarative syntax, hopefully different enough to be interesting

MLStyle.jl - Julia functional programming infrastructures and metaprogramming facilities

tokay - Tokay is a programming language designed for ad-hoc parsing, inspired by awk.