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Re: books on writing packages

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  • Subject: [mg56664] Re: books on writing packages
  • From: David Bailey <dave at>
  • Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 05:26:16 -0400 (EDT)
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marlinswin at wrote:
> I'd like to learn to write my own packages for both research and
> teaching purposes. Is there any good books or references on package
> authoring?
> Thanks.

David Park probably said it all, but I would just like to emphasise that 
packages are really only a symbol hiding mechanism. Everything that you 
can write inside a package can be written without one. The advantages of 
using one or more packages only really kick in when you have a fair 
amount of code and several people are working on it. Furthermore, most 
people start by creating Mathematica code outside a package and package 
it afterwards. By the time you have written enough working code to need 
a package, it will probably seem fairly simple to create!

Apologies if I am stating the obvious,

David Bailey

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