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  • Subject: [mg44214] Mathematica Wish-List
  • From: "Steven T. Hatton" <hattons at>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 05:53:21 -0500 (EST)
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There are a few features/improvements I would like to see in Mathematica. 
Some of them are 'nice to have', a few are features which I really
believe /should/ be available. In the following I will attempt to indicate
which are more important to me. I'm running on Linux.
An OOP package. (nice to have)

A better crash recovery facility whereby the most recent state of the
notebook can be recovered. (This is _very_ important.)

A better front end on Unix/Linux - ditch motif. (I hate motif! But that's

There are other features I'd like to see, but these are the most important i
can come up with.  I'd like to hear other people's thoughts on these, as
well as what other features would be good to have.

I understand that Mathematica doesn't have the income of Microsoft, and
features such as these are expensive to produce.  One thing I will say to
that is the following: I used to work at a DoD research center that did one
of the earliest roll-outs of Windows NT in a full enterprise environment. 
Before NT was up to the task, the government poured huge amounts of money
into Microsoft's coffers by buying licenses, they/we also provided an
incredible amount of beta testing and product feedback for free.

Now Mathematica may not be as potentially ubiquitous as Windows NT, but the
value a product such as Mathematica adds to the overall long-term
production potential of society is huge. Am I suggesting the government
should subsidize Mathematica development? Well...yes.
"Philosophy is written in this grand book, The Universe. ... But the book
cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language...
in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics, ...;
without which wanders about in a dark labyrinth."   The Lion of Gaul

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