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Re: using functions with package name prefixed.

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  • Subject: [mg45723] Re: using functions with package name prefixed.
  • From: Paul Abbott <paul at>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2004 04:55:08 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: The University of Western Australia
  • References: <bu8gma$aiu$>
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In article <bu8gma$aiu$1 at>, nma124 at (steve_H) 
> is there a way to use a function from a package without loading
> the whole package, but by simply prefixing the package name to 
> the function name?

No. But you can set things up (e.g using Master.m and Kernel`init` as 
used in the StandardPackages) to automatically load a (full) required 
package in which a particular function resides. For example,


   LogPlot[Exp[x], {x, 0, 10}]
> For an example, suppose we have a function foo[] in a packge called
> Boo.m
> Now, one must load the Boo package by typing something like
> Needs["`Boo"]
> then one can write
> foo[]
> But notice that when calling foo[], the package name is not prefixed to
> it, hence one does not know in which package foo[] is in by looking
> at the function call.

However, after your Needs (or Get) command has been executed, you can 
call a function with the explicit package name. E.g,

  Graphics`Graphics`LogPlot[Exp[x], {x, 0, 2}]

works (because the Context of LogPlot is Graphics`Graphics`).
> In Java for instance, I can write, which makes it more
> clear where foo() is located.

So you can (sort of) do this. If you put each function into a separate 
package you could do what you want to do, though this would be rather 
clumsy in Mathematica.


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