Scilab 6.1 is a major new release of Scilab, the open-source platform for numerical computation.

Here is a tour of the changes between Scilab 6.0.2, & 6.1.0.

In summary, the main new features are:

- Webtools utilities added for HTTP protocol, JSON data usage.
- Profiled values are available as Scilab values
- Values have a cleaner display:
- they are displayed in order on assignment.
- strings are quoted
- complex numbers are aligned for matrices
- numbers (IEEE 754 double) are not rounded
- polynomials and rationals display is more compact
- In structures, nested lists or structures are now displayed recursively compactly and more explicitly.

`importgui`

function has been added to easily interface csvRead

`airy`

is added: Evaluation of Airy functions of the first and second kind, and their first derivative, possibly scaled.- Empty strings are used as the default values on String allocation.
- HTTP get, post, put, upload, patch, delete functions added.
- JSON format compatibility through Scilab variables.
- Memory invalid accesses have been greatly reduced thanks to :
- PVS-Studio inspections blog report
- Coverity scan weekly source analysis

`bitget`

is upgraded:- It now accepts positive signed encoded integers.
- It now supports the new uint64 and int64 types of encoded integers.
- For decimal numbers: bits with indices > 52 can now be retrieved (up to
`log2(number_properties("huge"))`

= 1024). - For decimal numbers
`x > 2^52`

, queried bits below`%eps`

(indices < log2(x)-52) now return`Nan`

instead of 0. - Several bits can now be retrieved from each component of an input array.

`edit`

now accepts a line number as text (like "23").`profileEnable, profileDisable, profileGetInfo`

could be used to instrument functions and gather execution information within Scilab.`prettyprint`

is upgraded:- Integer and Text input are now actually supported.
- Default input arguments can be skipped instead of still having to be provided.
- The result string is better formatted to be easily wrappable and indented.

`mesh2d`

has been introduced to compute a 2d mesh from vectors (x,y) of points.`loadmatfile`

is upgraded:- Octave native text data files can now be read.
- Automatic detection of the input data format implemented.
`-toStruct`

option added, to return results in a structure instead of in the calling environment.

`jremove`

is optional and`clear`

could be used to release Java objects mapped to Scilab.`blockdiag`

is introduced to improve, replace, and extend`sysdiag`

to strings.`assert_checkequal`

is upgraded:- support added for Nan and void in lists, Nan in sparses, implicit lists, graphic handles, macros, libraries, and built-in.
- For arrays of matching typeof and sizes, and for lists of matching lengths, the failure message now indicates the index and values of the first mismatching elements.

`diophant`

is upgraded:- Encoded integers are accepted, in addition to decimal numbers. Only integer solutions are then searched.
- When there is no solution,
`[]`

is returned. - When there is an infinite number of solutions, the err flag has a specific value.
- The output size gets the input's size.

`csvRead`

and`csvTextScan`

are now implemented without extra copies.`editvar`

GUI support copy-paste of strings removing quotes.`calendar`

can now display formatted calendars.`xmlSetValues`

clones`setPreferencesValue`

that is now obsolete.`unique`

is upgraded:- return the number of occurrences of distinct entities found in the input array.
- return distinct entities in their initial order (rather than sorted), with the
`"keepOrder"`

option. - consider all
`Nan`

values as the same one, with the`"uniqueNan"`

option.

`ellipj`

function introduced, to compute the`sn, cn, dn, ns, nc and nd`

Jacobi elliptic functions.`riccati`

is upgraded:`riccati(H)`

and`riccati(H, E)`

syntaxes added, to describe the Riccati equation through its Hamiltonian H or (E,H) pencil.- The residual is returned as a new 3rd output argument.
- When no solution is found,
`X=[] | X1=[]`

is returned instead of yielding an error.

`hallchart`

is upgraded:- The default set of modules is set automatically, according to data bounds.
- Handles of the grids and labels are returned. Post-processing them becomes easy.
- Named colors accepted; better default colors.
- Improved placement of labels.

`playsnd`

is upgraded:- the name of a wav file can now be specified (instead of the sound data).
- the input sound can now be repeated a given number of times.
- the modal/non-modal processing is improved.

`nicholschart`

is improved: more neutral default frame color; improved labels positioning; colors can now be specified by their predefined name or "#RRGGBB" hexa code; a structure of handles is now returned to easily post-process both subframes and the set of labels.`sciargs`

returns a column instead of formerly a row.- Booleans and encoded integers can now be concatenated together, as in
`[%f int8(-5)]`

. `gsort`

can now perform multilevel sorting. This noticeably allows sorting completely complex numbers.`factorial`

can be used now from n=171 up to n=10^14.`intersect`

now supports complex numbers.`setdiff`

now supports complex numbers.`twinkle`

can now blink together several hierarchically independent objects, like a curve and its labels, etc.`repmat`

is improved: more neutral default frame color; improved labels positioning; colors can now be specified by their predefined name or "#RRGGBB" hexa code; a structure of handles is now returned to easily post-process both subframes and the set of labels.`plot`

can now work in semi or bi-logarithmic mode with some input logflag.`plotimplicit`

function added.
The default smarter grid_style value is now 7 instead of 3.
`weekday`

accepts new date formats and new syntaxes. A language option applying to the day names is now available.`vectorfind`

is upgraded:`vectorfind(m, [])`

now returns`[]`

instead of an error.- A too long needle now returns [] instead of an error.
- %nan values never matched. They are now regularly processed, as other values.
- A needle shorter than the haystack size can now be used.
- A wildcard value matching any value of the haystack can now be specified and used in the needle. Actual matching ranges can then be returned: Options `joker` and `matching` added.
- Hypermatrices are now accepted as haystack.
- The probing direction can now be numeric: 1, 2, ..
- Returned indices can now be formatted with the new option
`indType`

. - There were no unit tests. More than 100 tests are added.

`datafit`

is now able to fit weighted data. It now supports any gap function vectorized for Data points, and so is much faster. It now accepts any matrix of parameters (not necessarily a colum). It now returns the average Mode-to-data distance, and the termination status for the quasi-Newton algo.`nchoosek`

is introduced, to compute the binomial coefficients.

- overhauled/rewritten:
`bitget, edit, factorial, vectorfind, datafit`

- fixed / improved:
`bench_run, M_SWITCH, comet, comet3d`

- Rewritten:
`weekday`

- Translations added:
- ru_RU:
`weekday`

- ru_RU:

In this version, extra effort has been expended on bug fixing and stabilization. Detailed information about those improvements can be found on the CHANGES file.

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