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SoftIntegration releases C/C++ interpreter Ch 7.5.1 for Learning Coding, Math, and Robotics

DAVIS, California, December 2, 2015 - SoftIntegration, Inc. today announced the availability of Ch 7.5.1 and Embedded Ch 7.5.1. Ch is the most complete cross-platform C/C++ interpreter. Ch is also an embeddable cross-platform scripting engine and can be embedded in other applications for scripting. Ch version 7.5.1 is a major release with many new features to make Ch especially appealing for beginners in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, as well as colleges to learn coding, math, and robotics.

Many new features are introduced to support UC Davis C-STEM Studio --- a platform for teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through computing and robotics. Ch has also been updated to support RoboBlockly --- a web-based robot Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to program Lego Mindstorms NXT/EV3 and Barobo Linkbot for students to learn coding, math, and robotics. RoboBlockly includes the curriculum for an Hour of Code, robotics, coding, and mathematics for students in grades 4 to 12. The generated Ch code from RoboBlockly can readily run in Ch to control hardware or virtual robots. In addition, Ch supports Arduino and the same C/C++ code can run in both ChIDE and Arduino IDE without modification.

Teachers and students find Ch one of the best tools for their teaching and learning coding, math, and robotics. "Ch is a very effective tool to introduce coding to my students with no programming experience. They can pick it up quickly in learning one of the industry's standard programming languages," said Clay Dagler, Math Teacher in Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, CA. "Using Ch in my high school math class develops students' critical thinking skills, because they spend less time doing tedious calculations and more time diving deeper into the math concepts."

Controlling a Lego EV3 and Linkbot by a single Ch program.

"Working with higher education researchers, K-12 partners, and our industrial collaborators, we have developed Ch as a premier platform for beginners to learn coding, math, and robotics. Working together, we can better prepare students ready for colleges and careers in STEM fields," said SoftIntegration's President Dawn Cheng. "By keeping offering free Ch Student Edition, we are dedicated to support students to achieve their goals."

Ch contains the following salient features for students to learn coding, math, and robotics as well as for developers to contribute to the system and for embedded scripting.

Cross-platform C/C++ interpreter

Ch supports 1999 ISO C Standard (C99) and C++ classes. Ch also supports many industry standards including POSIX, socket/Winsock, X11/Motif, OpenGL, ODBC, C LAPACK, GTK+, Win32, and CGI. With Ch SDK, functions in static or dynamic binary C/C++ libraries can be executed in Ch shell or script file.

User-friendly integrated development environment (IDE)

ChIDE is efficient and lightweight. No need to create project or workspace to run your program. ChIDE is also the most effective IDE for instructors to make interactive classroom presentations to demonstrate different programming features and concepts, and respond to students' questions.

Embeddable scripting

Embedded Ch allows users to embed Ch into C/C++ application such as game, semiconductor ATE, SoC, CAM, IC, PCB, RF, MEMS, LED as a scripting engine. Embedded Ch supports multi-threading and debug. C/C++ applications can be extended with all features of Ch scripting. It has a small footprint. The pointer and time deterministic nature of the C language provides a perfect interface in real-time systems.

Shell programming and cross-platform scripting

Ch bridges the gap between the C language and shell languages. It is a genuine C shell -- C compatible shell. Ch is an interpretive implementation of C, similar to Unix/MS-DOS shells. With its built-in string type and many enhanced scripting features, Ch is an alternative to other scripting languages for automating repetitive tasks, regression test, and hardware testing.

2D/3D plotting

Ch supports high-level C++ 2D/3D graphical plotting and visualization. Two and three dimensional graphical plots can be very easily accomplished. With SoftIntegration graphical library (SIGL), the same program using 2D/3D plotting features can be executed in Ch or compiled using C++ compilers.

Numerical computing

Ch numerical extensions are the best choice for numerical computing in the C/C++ domain. Ch has built-in type-generic mathematical functions and computational arrays for linear algebra and matrix computations. It contains advanced high-level numerical functions for linear systems, differential equation solving, integration, non-linear equations, Fourier analysis, curve fitting, etc. For example, linear system equation b = A*x can be written verbatim in Ch. Ch supports C LAPACK, GNU Multiple Precision Arithmetic Library, and GNU Scientific Library.

Ch toolkits and third party software support

Ch is ideal for rapid application development and deployment. Ch supports an increasing number of third party software applications. It includes Ch Control toolkit, Ch Mechanism Toolkit, Ch NAG Statistics Package, Ch CGI toolkit, Ch ODBC toolkit, Ch XML toolkit, ChExcel for manipulating Microsoft Excel in C/C++ scripts, Intel OpenCV for computer vision, ImageMagick for image processing, National Instruments' data acquisition toolkit NI-DAQ and motion control toolkit NI-Motion.

Pricing and Availability

Ch and Embedded Ch for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris sparc, Solaris X64, HP-UX, FreeBSD and QNX Neutrino RTOS are available. Ch Standard Edition is free for both commercial and non-commercial uses in all platforms. Ch Student Edition is free for the students to use. Ch Professional Edition is $199 for commercial use and $129 for academic use. A teaching lab license is available. To purchase Embedded Ch, contact SoftIntegration directly.

About SoftIntegration, Inc.

SoftIntegration, Inc. is the leader of scripting technology for ubiquitous computing. SoftIntegration provides infrastructure software and services for rapid application development and deployment, learning coding, scientific numerical computing, and embedded scripting. Ch®, the company's flagship product, is an embeddable C/C++ interpreter that provides a comprehensive solution for teachers/students, professors, engineers, scientists, software developers, C/C++ beginners and experts, system administrators, real-time programmers, and quality analysts.


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