I've been recently asked to learn some MATLAB basics for a class.
What does make it so cool for researchers and people that works in university?
I saw it's cool to work with matrices and plotting things… (things that can be done easily in Python using some libraries).
Writing a function or parsing a file is just painful. I'm still at the start, what am I missing?
In the "real" world, what should I think to use it for? When should it can do better than Python? For better I mean: easy way to write something performing.
UPDATE 1: One of the things I'd like to know the most is "Am I missing something?" 😀
UPDATE 2: Thank you for your answers. My question is not about buy or not to buy MATLAB. The university has the possibility to give me a copy of an old version of MATLAB (MATLAB 5 I guess) for free, without breaking the license. I'm interested in its capabilities and if it deserves a deeper study (I won't need anything more than basic MATLAB in oder to pass the exam 😛 ) it will really be better than Python for a specific kind of task in the real world.