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Re: MMA 3.0 The new is wearing off

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  • Subject: [mg7121] Re: MMA 3.0 The new is wearing off
  • From: sch at mitre.org (Stu Schaffner)
  • Date: Sun, 11 May 1997 02:57:19 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: The MITRE Corp.
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

In article <5kp5q7$1p3 at smc.vnet.net>, sch at mitre.org (Stu Schaffner) wrote:

> I eagerly awaited MMA 3, and was very pleased with its increase in
> speed and the snazzy new formatting.  However, when I converted some
> of my old programs none of them worked.
[snip]

I have received two helpful replies privately. One important fact that
I did not mention was that I am also trying to port all of this from
Macintosh to Windows 95, and it is on Windows that I am discovering
that things don't work. I have a Macintosh version of MMA 3.0 at work
and a Windows version at home, and I have very little time right now at
work to play with all of this.  I did try a few old programs at work
this morning, and at least some of them still work, although most of
my program comments and careful indentation are gone. Thus it appears
that some of the problems arise from the simultaneous conversion from
Mac 2.2 to Windows 3.0.  I will try to find time at work to convert in
several smaller steps.  In particular, it may be worthwhile to reinstall
MMA 2.2 and prepare the input for conversion by converting function
prologue comments to separate text cells and removing all Format
conversions.

I wish that I had the time to carefully research this problem, but I
use Mathematica as a productivity tool rather than an end in itself,
and I just don't have the time to fool with it a lot. I am posting
all this because I hope to find that either nobody else is having the same
problems or that there is a common pattern to the difficulties and that
some of the famed ingenuity of the Mathematica community has already been
brought to bear on it. I hope this Fall to be able to spend more time
getting used to MMa 3.0.

Stu Schaffner
The MITRE Corp.
sch at mitre.org


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