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Paul Metcalf
Paul Metcalf on 25 Sep 2012
This is not a question.
It just dawned on me what is missing from MATLAB Central.
While the File Exchange and MATLAB Answers are both very useful in their own right, the problem is this.
Most open source communities expand their platforms by collaboration on common problems. That doesn't exist on MATLAB.
I could go on, but I believe my point is simple enough to be made with just that statement.
Paul

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Jan
Jan on 25 Sep 2012
Edited: Jan on 25 Sep 2012
An "r".
;-)
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Jan
Jan on 25 Sep 2012
After the title of the question has been changed from "What's missing from MATLAB Cental" to "...Central", this answer will confuse all readers until the end of days.

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Kevin Claytor
Kevin Claytor on 25 Sep 2012
1) Github hosts a large number of MATLAB projects, and would be a great place to start if you want to jump into something collaborative; https://github.com/languages/Matlab
2) If you want to work on more core language / implementation issues, GNU Octave is an GPL'ed open source MATLAB clone; http://www.gnu.org/software/octave/
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Jan
Jan on 25 Sep 2012
I looked around a bit in the github link. I've found some code copied from the FileExchange, but without the corresponding BSD license files. Obviously these Github members do not care about the license, even or because it has only so few restrictions.
In addition I cannot claim that the page structure is any kind of intuitive. I see avatars and some links, but I cannot imagine what or where I could find interesting stuff.
So my first impression of Github is negative, when I compare it with the most likely less powerful FEX.

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per isakson
per isakson on 27 Sep 2012
Edited: per isakson on 27 Sep 2012
Yes, there is little "collaboration on common problems" at the Matlab Central. To me it appears to be a good idea. Why doesn't it happen?
I guess there is a message in the fact that a typo causes more interest, votes and discussion than the subject you try to raise.
Which types of "common problems" are suitable for collaboration?
How should the collaboration be carried out?
A thread here at Answer and a contribution on the FEX provide the tools needed to make an experiment. (The Mathworks might provide better tools if we demonstrate that there is an interest.)
The FEX-contributions, Toward a program development and documentation toolbox, is kind of an invitation to collaboration, which didn't receive much interest.

Jan
Jan on 25 Sep 2012
There have been several discussions about adding new functionality to the FileExchange, see e.g. Answers: License files from the FEX. Most of all solving the dependencies automatically would be very helpful.

Tom
Tom on 25 Sep 2012
Aside from a spell checker, I find it a bit weird that the profiles aren't linked together, i.e. a user's Answers profile is separate from the FEX one.
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Yair Altman
Yair Altman on 26 Sep 2012
@Jan et al - I think very few people here have followed past discussions and are aware that the DWIM ( Do What I Mean ) feature is still under intense requirements discussions and is not expected to ship until Matlab 10.0 (or HG2, or the end of time, whichever comes first).

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