Frink: Calculating Tool and Programming Language

Frink is a java program that runs everywhere - Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, uh, except the iPhone. Basically Frink is a calculating tool and programming language.  Here are a few of the features the I like:

  • Tracks units of measure through all calculations.
  • Recognizes thousands of unit types and can convert between them.
  • Arbitrary precision math - huge floating point numbers, retains rational numbers with no loss of precision, works with complex numbers.
  • Does date and time math.
  • Can run under a web server and can generate HTML 5 code.
  • Knows monetary exchange rates, translates text between a dozen languages, reads and writes local files, web and ftp files, does graphics, object-oriented programming...

Frink is updated very often.[more]  It has been updated over 600 times since December 2001. The web site is at http://futureboy.us/frinkdocs.

There are several ways to run Frink.  Using that Java Web Start stuff is just too much overhead for me.  The way I run it on Windows is to just download the frink.jar file, and run a batch file to invoke it.  The batch file just has this in it:
cmd /c start javaw -jar c:\u\frink.jar

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