This programming language is compatible with MATLAB and can be used in numerically solving linear and nonlinear problems, polynomial manipulations, and in carrying out all kinds of numerical experiments. It comes with a graphical user interface and an integrated development environment (IDE) for the language which is based on Qt.
The IDE interface is similar to the ones of most programming languages and allows you to work on more than one project at once. You can also set a workspace which is more or less a working directory, enabling you to import data the directory without having to go through the trouble of opening the directory before importing the data in it.
Created using the C++ language and with MATLAB compatibility in mind, the language can run scripts of both languages. It comes with a built-in support for complex numbers, powerful maths functions, and extensive function libraries.
In addition, the language interpreter has an OpenGL-based graphics engine that enables users to create graphs, charts and plots, save and print them out.
Octave is licensed as freeware for PC or laptop with Windows 32 bit and 64 bit operating system. It is in programming category and is available to all software users as a free download.