Recommendations for a programming book?
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- Subject: [mg55752] Recommendations for a programming book?
- From: David Kirkby <david.kirkby at onetel.net>
- Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2005 03:21:51 -0400 (EDT)
- Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
Has anyone got any recommendations for books on Mathematica programming
- i.e writing packages for a set of routines you develop for your own
(or others) use, packing them together properly, documenting them for
the user etc? Insuring routines that are used internally (private) in
your package are not visable to the user when he/she reads it in to
their Mathematica session, whereas the ones you intend (public) are
I have the book "Programming in Mathematica" by Roman Maeder (1989),
based on version 1.2 of Mathematica. This assumes some familiarity with
the program, so does *not* start with 1+1=2. I like the book, but
thought it might be a bit dated now - remember my copy is 6 years old.
I thought perhaps there would be something to be gained by a more up to
date book than the old copy of Maeder's I have, So I bought "The
Mathematica Guidebook for Programming" by Michael Trott:
but it was not what I expected. My mis-understanding of the title I
think. The first example in the book is
and then seems to repeat much of what there is in Steven Wolfram's book
"The Mathematica Book"
The book seems to have a huge number of unnecessary references - there
is over 1100 references in the introductory Chapter 1, and other
chapters have hundreds of references each.
I only got the book today, so have not looked at it carefully, but it
certainly does not fill the gap I was looking to fill. It does however
look quite a reasonable introduction to Mathematica, and is a little
more manageable in size than the official book - although still quite big.
PS for anyone in the UK thinking of buying this book, or the Mathematica
book by Wolfram, I suggest you click on the "New and used" section of
the Amazon site. Often there are dealers in the USA who will ship a new
copy of the book to you for a *lot* less than Amazon UK sell it for
You can save over £8 on the Mathematica Book, and I saved twenty odd
pounds on the Trott book. It seems strange Amazon providing links to
dealers undercutting them by a lot, but I guess they get some share of
the profits when you buy via the Amazon site.
Dr. David Kirkby,
Please check out http://www.g8wrb.org/
of if you live in Essex http://www.southminster-branch-line.org.uk/
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