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Re: Mathematica as a programming language. / Holy War?
In article <4f964s$dp3 at dragonfly.wolfram.com>, Richard J Fateman <fateman at peoplesparc.cs.berkeley.edu> wrote: > >Unfortunately, intermediate/advanced programming requires that users >learn or guess about the painful stuff. e.g. packages, the mysterious >underlying default decisions in plotting, numerical code, what is >simplification, etc. This is unfair. When you program in C, you don't worry about what numerical algorithms are being used by the C library math functions internally. Well, you may worry about it, but it's not a language issue. You're right about packages, though -- they are quite mysterious, and the way they work seems to be quite orthogonal to anything else in the language. I just finished an 11-page article for TMJ about contexts -- not how to write packages, mind you, but just contexts. >Mathematica works great for 100% correct input. Which language are you using that works great for less-than-100% correct input? Enquiring minds want to know! Send me a compiler ASAP! :-) Dave Wagner Principia Consulting (303) 786-8371 dbwagner at princon.com http://www.princon.com/princon ==== [MESSAGE SEPARATOR] ====