Actually stands for

Matrix Laboratory and not for

Mathematics Laboratory, as many thinks. Very easy to get addicted to since it saves a lot of time, but then, you must ask your

employer to buy it and it's

very expensive. Matlab can be seen as a

game where the

goal is to

vectorize your code to

speed it up. When coupled to Simulink, Matlab gets from very

powerful to

inescapably essential.

Lately, The MathWorks' strategy seems to be heading towards making the industry use Matlab at every level from design and development to production, thanks to products like the Matlab Compiler, the Real Time Workshop, the Data Acquisition Toolbox and the Stateflow packages.