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Re: Recommendations for a programming book?

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  • Subject: [mg55778] Re: Recommendations for a programming book?
  • From: David Bailey <dave at>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2005 03:11:07 -0400 (EDT)
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I remember when I first obtained Mathematica, how impressed I was with 
Stephen's book. I think the examples are particularly well chosen - not 
too simple as to fail to illustrate what a command does, but not so 
complicated that you have to work hard to understand them.

Because the book with the software is so good, it does seem hard to beat 
it! I have yet to read Michael Trott's book, and what you say is 
interesting. I wonder if anyone else can offer an opinion.

As regards such things as checking that a function does not 
inadvertently access global variables, I think this is something for a 
piece of checking software to enforce - it is not so much a lack of 
knowledge, but a mistake that you are trying to eliminate.

David Bailey

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