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Developers Conference

  • Subject: Developers Conference
  • From: donnab (Donna Brown)
  • Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1993 07:55:36 -0600
  • Apparently-to: mathgroup-send at

[In case you have missed this, here is some conference information
and registration forms.  Note the deadline date!! - s christensen.]

Mathematica Developer Conference

Wolfram Research wants to help you create Mathematica 
packages, MathLink applications, Mathematica books, and 
interactive texts.  The Mathematica Developer Conference 
will feature workshops, panels, luncheons, a computer lab, 
and a series of informative, practical sessions.  Take this 
opportunity to meet with Wolfram Research staff and other 
Mathematica experts to share and exchange experiences and   

Wolfram Research, Inc., Champaign, Illinois

May 6-8, 1993
The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. on May 6 and end at 
5:00 p.m. on May 8.


Opening Address
Stephen Wolfram will discuss his vision of the 
opportunities made possible by Mathematica.

Conference sessions on a wide variety of topics will be 
presented by Wolfram Research staff, publishers and other 
Mathematica users

Problem Solving Clinics
Discuss your projects, questions, and problems in detail  
with Wolfram Research technical development staff.  Be 
sure to bring copies of your materials to the clinics.

Computer Lab
A Mathematica computer lab will be open continuously as a 
place to share ideas and discuss applications with other 
attendees.  The lab will have scheduled sessions; MathLink 
technical staff will be available during scheduled hours to 
provide hands-on guidance on connecting your programs 
to Mathematica.

Tour of Wolfram Research
The tour is a first-hand opportunity to see what goes into 
creating, supporting, and distributing Mathematica.


Mathematica Programming
Intended for those already familiar with other computer 
languages, this session will show examples of clear and 
efficient Mathematica programming style.

Programming Case Studies
Three case studies will show how to translate problem 
statements into Mathematica.  

Mathematica Notebook Design
The relationship between packages and Notebooks, turning 
a package into a Notebook, and organizing a Notebook will 
be discussed.

Mathematica Package Design
Stephen Wolfram will discuss elements of well-designed 
packages and offer his suggestions on materials submitted 
by conference attendees.  Users interested in having 
material discussed in this session should submit copies with 
their conference application.

Application Package Development Forum
Authors, both Wolfram Research and third-party, will talk 
in depth about their experiences writing Mathematica 
application packages.

Package Development Opportunities 
Wolfram Research package developers will discuss fields 
where Mathematica package demand is greatest.  Electronic 
distribution and MathPacks will also be discussed.

Wolfram Research technical staff will discuss connecting 
Mathematica to other programs.  Examples from existing 
linked products show how to add external capabilities to 
Mathematica, and how to incorporate Mathematica's 
capabilities into other applications.  At the computer lab, 
MathLink technical staff will be available to provide hands-
on MathLink programming

Mathematica Graphics 
This session will show you how to use the built-in graphics 
primitives and functions in combination with 
Mathematica's programming capabilities.  You will learn 
about the unique features of Mathematica as a graphics 
system and the most effective ways to use it.

Marketing Mathematica Application Packages
Wolfram Research marketing staff will discuss ways to 
market your Mathematica applications. Publicity, 
advertising, pricing policies, and public relations will also 
be discussed. 

Production and Distribution
Wolfram Research staff will discuss how to duplicate disks, 
labels, and documentation, and how to work with a graphic 
designer to create product identity and packaging.

Wolfram Research Developer Support
This session will discuss ways that Wolfram Research 
supports the development of your Mathematica project.  
Developer support elements such as programming and 
marketing assistance, review of documentation and books, 
and access to early releases of Mathematica, will be 
discussed.  You are also invited to give suggestions for
future directions for developer support at this session.
Copyrights, Trademarks, and Intellectual Property 
This session covers issues of software copyright, how to 
create and use trademarks, write license agreements, and 
make other legal arrangements.

Author Workshop 
Wolfram Research publication staff, authors, and 
publishing representatives will discuss book writing, 
production, electronic distribution, and MathSource.  This 
session will discuss how to:
- decide whether a book should be electronic or printed, or 
if a book requires an electronic supplement
- convert Mathematica Notebooks to different forms
- typeset books
- find foreign language translators 
- distribute a book
The Publishing with Mathematica kit, a collection of tools 
and documentation, will be distributed at this session.

Meet the Publishers
Representatives from several publishing companies will 
briefly describe the character of their publishing enterprises 
and the types of Mathematica books they seek to publish.

Book Publisher Buffet Luncheon 
This informal luncheon will give you an opportunity to talk 
with several publishers and evaluate each publisher's 
ability to meet your needs.  

Authors' Forum 
Authors will talk about their different experiences in 
writing Mathematica books. Topics include: 
- interaction with publishers
- pricing, royalties, and copyrights
- scheduling
- choosing a co-author
- "Things I never intended to do"

Courseware Presentations
University professors will present their Mathematica-based 
courseware to give ideas and guidance for developing new 

Teaching with Mathematica: Tips and Caveats
In this session, professors will discuss how to:
- get funding for developing courseware
- test courseware
- set up computer labs
- evaluate new projects

How to Apply
Registration to the Developer Conference is limited to 
active Mathematica developers and Mathematica users who 
are interested in developing Mathematica packages, 
MathLink applications, Mathematica books, or interactive 
texts.  The conference fee, which includes all course 
materials and the conference guide, is $95.

Users interested in attending the Developer Conference 
should complete and return the following application by 
Friday, March 26.  Printed copies may be obtained by 
sending electronic mail to devconf at

Cancellation Policy
A full refund is available until April 30; a 50% refund is 
available until May 4; no refund is available after May 4.  

Mathematica Developer Conference Application

Street address:
ZIP/Postal code:

Please describe your Mathematica projects:

What would you specifically like to accomplish at the 
Developer Conference?

Do you plan to bring your own computer to the conference?
[ ] Yes
[ ] No
Kind of computer:

Please give any additional comments or suggestions for the 
Developer Conference:

Hotel Information
As hotel space tends to fill early in Champaign, we would
 like to reserve a room for you upon receipt of this 
application. If for some reason you are unable to attend the 
conference, we will cancel the hotel reservation 

Please indicate your hotel preference:
[ ] Radisson Suite Hotel        
    - Host hotel for the Developer Conference
    - located adjacent to Wolfram Research      
    - Single or double room rate: $69                   
[ ] Campus Inn
    - Located within walking distance of Wolfram Research
    - Single or double room rate: $32

[ ] Non-smoking     [ ] Smoking

Please indicate the nights you plan to stay in Champaign:
[ ] Wednesday, 5 May
[ ] Thursday, 6 May
[ ] Friday, 7 May
[ ] Saturday, 8 May

Please complete the following credit card information.  All 
major credit cards are accepted.  This information will be 
used to hold the reservation only; you may choose the form 
of payment upon arrival at the hotel.
[ ] MasterCard
[ ] VISA
[ ] American Express
[ ] Discover

Card number:    
Expiration date:        
Cardholder's name:      

Non-Disclosure Agreement

______________________________________ (Attendee) 
wishes to attend the Mathematica Developer Conference 
scheduled for 6 May to 8 May 1993(Conference).  Attendee 
understands that Wolfram Research, Inc. (WRI) will 
disclose confidential information and proprietary materials 
at the Conference.  The Attendee agrees not to use or 
disclose confidential information or proprietary materials 
other than as authorized by this agreement.

"Confidential Information" means all information, not in the 
public domain,disclosed by WRI during the Conference.  
Confidential Information includes,but is not limited to, 
information about unreleased versions of WRI's products 
and information about WRI's customers. 

"Proprietary Materials" means all materials, not in the 
public domain,distributed by WRI at the Conference.  
Proprietary Materials include, but are not limited to, 
Mathematica code, software tools, and TeX macros.

Attendee is authorized to make personal use of 
Confidential Information and Proprietary Materials to 
enhance the benefits of Mathematica to Attendee. Attendee 
is not authorized to reproduce or distribute Confidential 
Information or Proprietary Materials (unless permission to 
do so is granted
in writing) or to use Confidential Information or 
Proprietary Materials to enhance the use of any product 
that could be considered to compete with Mathematica.

Attendee's name:

Please return this application to devconf at by 
Friday, March 26.  

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