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Re: Mathematica as a programming language.
Well I think that if your are learning a programing language to impress someone you may have an unsolvable problem. Normally the reason one is programing is to either solve some problem, or to accomplish some end. For problem solving in a whole bunch of areas Mathematica provides a tool for thinking, and manipulating very complex relationships with a maximum of ease. Before Mathmatica most of these problems had to be solved, sort of virtually, by hand, and then these hand writtem relationships were programed into the computer. With Mathematic the relationships arer solved as them are evolved and programing is sort of eliminated. There are things that I would not do using Mathmatica. Some things are done faster using a spreadsheet. Some things are done only after a fortran program is written tested and documented, and some things are better done using C. However the first thing I think is required is to have some thing, one is trying to do. Best Regards