Not quite a Swell FLOOP?
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- Subject: [mg37430] Not quite a Swell FLOOP?
- From: "Steven T. Hatton" <hattons at globalsymmetry.com>
- Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2002 03:40:58 -0500 (EST)
- Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
I must admit, Mathematica looks a lot different to me after having done some
real programming in Java, than it did a few years ago. I understand it much
better, but I also find myself grasping for things that don't seem to be
native to the product/language.
There seems to be virtually no native support for OOP in Mathematica. Am I
understanding things correctly? Dr. MÃ¤der (I'm being a bit stubborn here -
use UTF-8) provides his own object package with his Computer Science with
Mathematica. I haven't worked with yet, but by looking it over, it seems a
bit kluged ( http://www.dict.org/bin/Dict?Form=Dict2&Database=*&Query=kluge
). I don't mean to upbraid Dr. MÃ¤der's attempt to add functionality which
probably should be a native part of the Mathematica language. Perhaps I'll
get used to the approach he has used, but for now, I must say, it seems
awkward. My guess is Dr. MÃ¤der did the best that could be expected with the
constraints under which he was working.
It is inconceivable to me that I am the first person to question the lack of
native OO support in Mathematica. There must be a history of discussion on
this topic. Is anybody aware of a record of such? Am I not understanding
things correctly? Do others believe OO support is lacking in Mathematica,
and really 'should' be here?
"There is only One inviolable Law."
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