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New Mathematica 4.2 Delivers XML and Java Functionality

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  • Subject: [mg35142] New Mathematica 4.2 Delivers XML and Java Functionality
  • From: newsdesk at (Wolfram Research)
  • Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2002 19:55:47 -0400 (EDT)
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Mathematica 4.2 from Wolfram Research, Inc. is the first technical 
computing system with full XML support and seamless Java integration. Now 
users can access any Java program from within Mathematica and work 
directly with XML data and documents. Version 4.2 also brings important 
advancements in linear programming, statistics, optimization, 
combinatorics, graph theory, and technical publishing.

The built-in Java Runtime Environment and J/Link 2.0 give developers an
easy way to mix Mathematica and Java code right out of the box. You can now
use Java with the same ease as the built-in Mathematica programming
language, whether you want to build graphical user interfaces to
Mathematica using AWT and Swing graphical user interface components, or
connect to your enterprise database using JDBC.

Version 4.2 also marks the beginning of the XML era at Wolfram Research by 
offering support for import, export, and symbolic manipulation of XML 
documents and data. In conjunction with a major focus on technical 
publishing in this version, Mathematica now includes XML extensions that 
let users save notebooks and Mathematica expressions as XML constructs and 
adds support for XHTML and MathML 2.0, the emerging standard for 
mathematics on the web.

Mathematica 4.2 also includes a new AuthorTools package and a slide show 
environment that make preparing notebooks for presentations and online and 
print publication much easier.

Although an increasing number of customers are using Mathematica in 
nontraditional ways--as a metaprogramming tool, for document processing, 
or as a deployment mechanism--Wolfram Research is still committed to its 
core competency in technical computing. Mathematica 4.2 contains the 
largest collection of mathematical algorithms worldwide and is the only 
major technical computing system that includes state-of-the-art technology 
for global optimization, combinatorics, and graph theory in the core 

For a full list of new features and enhancements in Mathematica 4.2, visit:

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