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Re: DOES MATHEMATICA CHANGE THE SYNTAX EACH NEW RELEASE?

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  • Subject: [mg49242] Re: DOES MATHEMATICA CHANGE THE SYNTAX EACH NEW RELEASE?
  • From: "Christopher J. Henrich" <chenrich at monmouth.com>
  • Date: Fri, 9 Jul 2004 02:26:12 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <ccis29$4ap$1@smc.vnet.net>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

In article <ccis29$4ap$1 at smc.vnet.net>, barb28 <barb28 at rock.com> wrote:

> Hello, 
> 
> I was speaking with a friend of mine who uses
> microsoft products, and says that each new
> release or version, microsoft will change the
> syntax of some of its languages. I'm sure this is
> great for training seminars and book sales, but
> not so great for someone who wants a stable
> product.
That appears to be a sampling of the slightly unpleasant reputation
that Microsoft has with many programmers.  It is also the sort of thing
that gives MS its slightly unoleasant reputation.
> 
> Does anyone know if Mathematica does this? Do
> they rearrange things with new releases? very much?
> not much at all?
Wolfram Research Inc. does make additions in major releases.  As a rule
these are in the form of new functions or new add-on packages. The
basic syntax has remained stable, and I think that WRI takes great care
not to change things in a way that would break a customer's old code.
> 
> Just wondering. Thanks.
>

-- 
Chris Henrich
God just doesn't fit inside a single religion.


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