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Naming the Mathematica language

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  • Subject: Naming the Mathematica language
  • From: rlj-nbg at (R.L. Jakschewitz)
  • Date: Mon, 08 Nov 1993 20:34:20 MET

During the 1993 Mathematica Day in Frankfurt/Germany, Stephen Wolfram
mentioned WRI's intention of making the programming language contained
in Mathematica a stand-alone product. Since WRI has not yet decided on a
name for this split-off product, we as the users of Mathematica
could try to help naming the new child :-)
To start off this strain of discussion, here's my suggestion:

Name: Harmony

Semantic background:

- harmony between various programming paradigms
  As Stephen Wolfram said in his DDJ interview: (...) the trick is
    to put in those paradigms in such a way that the edges fit together
properly, so that you can move easily from one paradigm to another.
So you can have pure functions and have them interact with
transformation rules and interactive procedural programming and so on,
and have a fairly seamless interface. (...)

- harmony between programmer's/author's way of thinking and the way and
  form of expressing these thoughts in Mathematica
  By offering multiple ways of synonymous representations P by providing
    several paradigms as well as various 'word orders' and styles P
    Mathematica allows its user to apply to programming tasks techniques of
    expression acquired in natural languages, t.ex. stressing the aspect
    of sequential (left to right) evaluation by using the postfix operator,
    or adding an afterthought (postfix operator again) to a more complex
    expression made up of different operator structure.

Any other ideas?

Roland Jakschewitz
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