Root backend for Cantor

Alexander Rieder alexanderrieder at
Tue Apr 3 14:27:31 UTC 2012

On Monday 02 April 2012 13:19:52 Miha Čančula wrote:
> Hello!
> With the number of Cantor backends growing steadily, and a GSoC idea
> published for another, I thought I'd jump back on that bandwagon as well. A
> tool that is very popular especially among physicists is ROOT, the data
> analysis framework from Cern ( It contains an
> interpreter for C/C++ with an interactive command line, as well as support
> for loading source files.
> As a Physics student, both myself and my classmates have used it for
> several assignments, so I'm confident I'll be able to integrate all the
> applicable features into Cantor. It has all features expected from a
> numerical calculation system (linear algebra, algebraic and differential
> equation solving, minimization, numerical integration). It also has an
> extensive plotting library.
> I'm especially interesting in writing a backend as part of GSoC, so I'm
> wondering if anyone is prepared to be a mentor. I know there already is a
> similar idea for a Python backend, but as far as I can tell there is
> already a lot of interest for that one. Additionally, integrating ROOT
> would definitely be more useful to me. I was involved in Cantor for a
> while, but got overwhelmed by school obligations lately, so I don't even
> know how many available mentors there are. On the other hand, I already
> know the code, so I'd probably need relatively little mentoring. Should I
> go ahead and write a proposal or is this a futile task? I would write such
> a thing in my spare time, but that is currently very scarce due to (again)
> school.
> Thanks,
> Miha Čančula

I had not heard of it before, but ROOT seems like an interesting project. 
Unfortunately the list of possible mentors more or less only contains me.
While I am available to mentor one project this summer, I don't think I can 
take over any more than that. 
So writing a  proposal is not a futile task, but you should be aware of the 

best regards,

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