Re: Mathematica 2.2.4 for OS/2: bad and good news.
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- Subject: [mg1580] Re: Mathematica 2.2.4 for OS/2: bad and good news.
- From: immtwg at hald.gbar.dtu.dk (Torben Winther Graversen)
- Date: Sat, 1 Jul 1995 03:38:09 -0400
- Organization: DTU
Yuri Muzychka (yuri at mhtl2.uwaterloo.ca) wrote: : my two cents! : I think its a real shame that Wolfram has decided to port Mathematica to OS/2 : and expect users to use a Microsoft based front end. Just because OS/2 supports : windows software does not give the developers the right to cop out of writing : a native os/2 front end. Where would the world of software be if all the : developers took this approach. Lets face who wants to shell out the 700 or : 800 US for MMA and have to have windows in order to use a GUI based interface. [...] : Doesn't anyone else who uses os/2 thinks this hybrid MMA is ludicrous.??? It : may be fine for the users who like the command based approach but for those : who enjoy scrolling through a notebook this is unacceptable. Yes. I couldn't agree more. Something that could be REALLY neat was if the Notebook frontend was implemented as an OpenDoc part. That would make us able to, e.g., link a graphic from a Mathematica Notebook into any OpenDoc application such as wordproc.s or presentation software. OpenDoc allows this to happen across networks *and* platforms. They would then be able to have the same code base for all their notebook frontends on all their platforms as an OpenDoc/SOM class, and then make the necessary additions for the different window systems through simple inheritance of the base class. Imagine linking a Mathematica graphic from an OS/2 PowerPC in a graphical presentation on a Mac, just like that! One might even wrap a raytracer part around it to get really beatiful rendering... Am I the only person who is silently waiting for this kind of power? No? Let's get the word out then to Wolfram(info at wri.com) that we have a demand for this kind of software. Comments are welcome. - Torben Winther Graversen ___________________________________________________ Student at the Technical University of Denmark e-mail: immtwg at gbar.dtu.dk