Is there a place to ask technical questions?

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Dani Novak

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Dec 22, 2010, 8:41:01 PM12/22/10
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As more people will be using this software is there a place to report
bugs and/or ask technical questions?

I have two so far; I have been reading the doc. and it said that ctrl-
Uparrow gives the previous command but I think it is shift and not
Ctrl that is used.

Another question: It says (I paste below) but I just could not find
the documentation and especially the list of commands. I could get
into a mini browser by pressing the ? mark but it does not give me the
commands and I think there must be something else but where?

6 The MathPiper Documentation Plugin
MathPiper has a significant amount of reference documentation written
for it
and this documentation has been placed into a plugin called
MathPiperDocs in
order to make it easier to navigate. The MathPiperDocs plugin is
available in a
tab called "MathPiperDocs" which is near the right side of the
MathPiperIDE
application. Click on this tab to open the plugin and click on it
again to close it.
The left side of the MathPiperDocs window contains the names of all
the
functions that come with MathPiper and the right side of the window
contains a
mini-browser that can be used to navigate the documentation.

Howard Ostrowsky

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Dec 22, 2010, 10:24:47 PM12/22/10
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On Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 5:41 PM, Dani Novak <dan...@gmail.com> wrote:
As more people will be using this software is there a place to report
bugs and/or ask technical questions?

First of all, this is as good a place as any to ask questions, at any level.  We will try to respond as quickly as possible to any queries, complaints, suggestions, etc.

As for bug reports, the MathPiper site has an Issues page:
      http://code.google.com/p/mathpiper/issues/list
where you can report any bugs you find.  We are continually working to close old bugs, but new ones keep getting found!  That's good -- it's how open source is supposed to work.  Don't hesitate to report something if it appears to you to be a bug. If you are right, you will be contributing to the improvement of the Project.  If you are not right, no offense will be taken, and we will try to explain what was going on.
 

I have two so far;  I have been reading the doc. and it said that ctrl-
Uparrow gives the previous command but I think it is shift and not
Ctrl that is used.

Here, we have the problem that I have to infer from what you are saying just what you are actually looking at on the screen.  If I make a bad guess, my explanation will be useless.  Just so we are (literally) on the same page, here is my concept of what the basic MathPiper screen looks like when first opened: the screen is divided into a left-hand pane and a right-hand pane, and the left-hand pane is subdivided vertically into an upper and lower pane.  (I wish I could paste a picture here!).  Call these panes UL (upper-left), LL (lower-left) and R (right). 

The "Console" is usually found in the LL pane.  In it I see the following text:

MathPiper version .80z.
Enter an expression after any In> prompt and press <enter> or <shift><enter> to evaluate it.

In>

It is THIS pane, the Console pane, that Ctrl-UpArrow (typed at an "In>" prompt) will retrieve the previous command.



Another question:  It says (I paste below) but I just could not find
the documentation and especially the list of commands.  I could get
into a mini browser by pressing the ? mark but it does not give me the
commands and I think there must be something else but where?

6 The MathPiper Documentation Plugin
MathPiper has a significant amount of reference documentation written
for it
and this documentation has been placed into a plugin called
MathPiperDocs in
order to make it easier to navigate. The MathPiperDocs plugin is
available in a
tab called "MathPiperDocs" which is near the right side of the
MathPiperIDE
application. Click on this tab to open the plugin and click on it
again to close it.
The left side of the MathPiperDocs window contains the names of all
the
functions that come with MathPiper and the right side of the window
contains a
mini-browser that can be used to navigate the documentation.


OK

On the far-right side of the right-hand pane you should see a vertical strip with lettering running top-to-bottom, containing labeled tabs with names like "GeoGebra", "JFreeChart", "Jung", "MathPiperDocs", and "ThreeDExplorMathJ".  If you click on the tab labeled "MathPiperDocs", the pane should transform itself into the documentation you are looking for, exactly as described in the paragraph you quoted.


I hope this helps.  Have fun exploring MathPiper, and don't hesitate to ask lots of questions.

Sherm
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