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Re: About programming Mathematica [Newbie question]

You can run mathematica without the front end.  On a unix system (which I
assume your using) just type

math <<input.m >>output.out

and the output will appear in output.out.

Mathematica's front end is however very good.  One of the strengths of
Mathematica is being able to interact with it. 


On Sat, 2 Feb 2002, Wyvern wrote:

> Hi. I'm new to Mathematica and I'm having some trouble understanding what
> metaphor it uses for programming. I've used Octave a bit (I did a simple
> simulation of a pursuit problem) and, in Octave, I simply made a file in
> emacs (with a .m ext) and typed the filename in the Octave command line. Not
> exactly sophisticated, but it was easy. What would the comparable
> Mathematica technique? Surely it cannot be to do a function[] := (and then
> some operations) in a notebook. That would mean that I'd have to do cut and
> paste into a new cell to make any changes, which would certainly be a hassle
> compared  to switching windows and doing c-x c-s, then re-executing inside
> Octave. Surely there is a more elegant solution, something more
> self-contained?
> One might ask, if Octave is so darn wonderful, why not do it there? Well,
> it's not very user-friendly, and the whole point of this exercise that I
> need to program is to get familiar with a tool like Mathematica. (I need to
> solve a Hungarian method 10x10 matrix problem.)
> If you can point me the right way as regards to programming, I'm pretty sure
> I can throw together an algorithm, but if you could direct me to an
> algorithm for determining the optimal system for finding zero-covering
> lines, I would be very grateful.
> Please forgive the obviousness of the solution to my problem... I only got
> this software recently.
> Wyvern

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