Exciting new project: Monkey Analytics

Posted by james on Aug. 21, 2009

If you're into engineering math (and if the term 'matlab' means anything to you), you should check out Monkey Analytics. It's an online server based (or "cloud" based, if you're trendy) scientific & engineering calculations application; basically, it's a monster online scientific calculator.

I had to use matlab way back when I was taking engineering classes in college, and we each had to buy our own copy of matlab at the student price (at least $100) to use for those few classes, then toss. I still have a bunch of the manuals (all 2000 pages) for it. The matlab program was annoying too; it crashed or hung often, had a bad GUI, and only ran on one computer. With something like Monkey Analytics, I could have paid just a bit monthly (or used the free version!), and accessed my work from any computer just by logging in. Awesome.

I moved away from Outlook Express and Mozilla Thunderbird to Gmail, and never looked back. The benefits of cloud computing for these kinds of things are just too compelling; no software to install, no 'sync' to worry about for multiple computers, access from anywhere, no maintenance. Plus, this is cheaper than buying the 'real' desktop software. What's not to like?

Check it out at http://www.monkeyanalytics.com/, give them your money!