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Re: Re: Re: Package development

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  • Subject: [mg62681] Re: [mg62630] Re: Re: Package development
  • From: Pratik Desai <pdesai1 at>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 22:08:44 -0500 (EST)
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Jens-Peer Kuska wrote:

>And I forgot to say that my ASCII text editor has syntax coloring for
>Mathematica *and* can find matching brackets and so it is mutch more
>helpfull than the FrontEnd.
I think you can find matching brackets on the front end using Ctrl+Shift+B
For the syntax coloring free software WinEdt should work fine, it also 
has the functionality to delimiter checks and can process Tex files and 
such.. Although I admit I have not yet tried to write a package.


>  Jens
>"Gerry Flanagan" <flanagan at> 
>schrieb im Newsbeitrag 
>news:dmh919$8r1$1 at
>| I'm surprised by the number of people that say 
>they develop packages
>| using the notebook interface as an editor. About 
>once a year I give that
>| a try and decide its hopeless. I'm a big fan of 
>using line-breaks, tabs,
>| and other pretty-print tricks to add some 
>clarity to the functions. The
>| automated features in the notebook are clever, 
>but not good enough for
>| something I want to release within the company. 
>So I end up with
>| developmental notebooks that feed (copy/paste) a 
>text .m file over time.
>| BTW, I like a product called UltraEdit for my 
>programming. It allows me
>| to set up a file of Mathematica keywords so that 
>I can use color syntax
>| highlighting while editing.
>| Gerry F.
>| >On 11/27/05 at 2:41 AM, tt at wrote:
>| >
>| >
>| >
>| >>Now the question. I have written a few 
>packages in the past. More
>| >>recently, I am always questioning myself to 
>know if I should
>| >>develop it directly in an ASCII .m file or use 
>the notebook format
>| >>and rely on the autosave package feature 
>(initialization cells). I
>| >>like the idea of  developing the package in 
>the notebook format to
>| >>have all the formatting features that ease 
>reading, but at the same
>| >>time, I hate to loose all the comments I put 
>in when the *.m file
>| >>is created. Of course I could put comments in 
>the input lines of
>| >>the notebook, but then I am better writing the 
>ASCII file. Also, I
>| >>could save the notebook as a package through 
>"Save as Special"
>| >>(that puts all the headers and text in 
>comments, which is not done
>| >>with the autosave package feature), but this 
>is not an automated
>| >>way of doing things. I am just seeking 
>opinions from Mathematica
>| >>power users. Which way do you develop 
>| >>
>| >>
>| >
>| >
>| >
>| >
>| >
>| >

Pratik Desai
Graduate Student
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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