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Re: Useful Dumb User Questions

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  • Subject: [mg9075] Re: Useful Dumb User Questions
  • From: sergio at scisun.sci.ccny.cuny.edu (Sergio Rojas)
  • Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 01:42:54 -0400
  • Organization: City College Of New York - Science
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

charles loboz (charles at please.no.spam.syacus.acus.oz.au) wrote:
: Mark Evans <evans at gte.net> wrote in article <61cog3$4in at smc.vnet.net>...

: Mathematica is a sophisticated product for doing very sophisticated things.
: Trying to compare it to Microsoft products, which are intended for
: mass-market and are doing relatively (to mma) simple things is wrong.

    I have the impression that converting Mathematica in a mass-market
    product is the main concern of WRI rather than improving the 
    package. It comes to my mind all that expectation created by WRI 
    before "launching" Mathematica 3.0. At the end the product came out 
    with so many bugs. Now those who, impressed by the WRI propaganda,
    bough the product in its early release have to pay more to get a patch. 
    Why not provide the users 0f 3.0 with a free upgrade? It remains me
    that something similar happen with the pentium bug with the difference
    that Intel replace for free theirs fault.

    On the other hand, instead of finding the package difficult to learn or
    understand, I found it poorly documented. Only a few well written books
    can be found in the market, and the reason is probably the desire of
    making money rather than documenting the package in the appropriated way.
    Fortunately there is this group where one can interact and cover the
    deficiencies in documentation.

Rojas



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