There is a mighty swirl of calculators for the console, and wcalc is caught up in it.
You can decide that. I will give wcalc a nudge for keeping a more conventional and less eccentric approach. Its help screen is pleasantly brief (although more detail is possible), and it behaves a little more like a forgiving pocket calculator than its peers.
Don’t take that to mean wcalc is somehow less powerful than the ones I listed up there. I have no reason to believe wcalc isn’t a contender in the scientific calculator bracket.
wcalc just seems more … approachable. For example, one nice touch in wcalc is the reservation of the “a” variable as the answer last supplied. In other words, your last result is pushed straight into the variable “a,” and you can use that immediately in your next calculation. Nice touch.
You can also supply data in hex, binary, octal or scientific notation, and comment out lines much in the same way as some programming languages.
I like wcalc, and I believe the next time I’m in the market for a console calculator, I might reach for it first. I’ll let you know when the moment arrives. 😉