Agni Mantra

Agni Mantra

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Web based open source free jyotish software

Om Gurave Namah

Dear Prafulla,

Here is a summary of all the free open source softwares available for Jyotish,

C#
Location: http://www.mudgala.com/mhora/index.html

Description: Made by Ajit Krishnan, very similar to JHora in layout. Uses C# (C-Sharp). I tried compiling and editing it a bit. It works good. You would need at least express edition of C Sharp compiler to edit this software. You can download it from http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/visualcsharp/default.aspx
You would need to register the software for free to use it for long duration of time. I was able to successfully compile the program with just view warning messages.

Disadvantages: It's Microsoft specific!, You would need .NET and windows on destination machines. But still I liked Ajit krishnan's work here.

PHP
Location: http://swephp.rgbsoft.net/

Description: PHP is a web server scripting tool, runs on apache and wide range of Web Servers. This port is very good for making web based Jyotish tools. This would be my recomendation.

Disadvantage: The core swiss ephemeris is still a Windows DLL, so some disadvantage.

Python
Location: http://home.earthlink.net/~soloj/pysweph.htm

Description: Python, is like Perl, It can be both a stand alone scripting tool and web based scripting tool like ASP and PHP. This would be I think Narayan Iyers recommendation :). But the world Python (Sarpa) puts me off! :). The advantage is that the Core swiss ephemeris is also ported so you need not depend on Swiss ephemeris!.

Disadvantage: If you want to deploy it as web based tool, Then some web servers provided by some vendors dont support Python!.

Java
Location: http://astrosurf.com/jephem/astro/ephemeris/et950SwissEphem_en.htm

Description: Many would like this. And you can get many programmers to get this done too. The Core swiss ephemeris is also ported I think. Check this out. Personnaly I dont use Java much because of all the over heads.

Excel Based
Location: http://www.geocities.com/sanjayprabhakaran/VDasa.zip

Description: This is my contribution to the community, This is an excel sheet based tool to help you with computations which may not be available in many software programs. This is very easy to edit and work with if you know excel. If you do not have microsoft Excel, Then you can download a free open office version at http://www.openoffice.org .

Disadvantage: When you use the openoffice Excel to load it, It has some some error appearing. If someone figures it out please inform me. These sheets are basically for users who know how to do the jyotish computation manually and also know to use excel.

I would still prefer a complete Perl Languange port of swiss ephemeris. Hopefully I will get one soon.



Warm Regards
Sanjay P


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