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Re: Mathematica Notebook Organiztion

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  • Subject: [mg57112] Re: Mathematica Notebook Organiztion
  • From: David Bailey <dave at Remove_Thisdbailey.co.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 07:06:47 -0400 (EDT)
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AES,

Surely nobody learns all of Mathematica - not even the people at WRI! If 
WRI add (say) string pattern matching (as they did at 5.1) that does not 
seem to make the language harder to learn for those who are not 
interested in string manipulation.

Languages such as Fortran have indeed become much more complex for the 
average programmer, but that is the result of adding whole chunks of new 
syntax and pulling stuff in from other languages - producing a muddled 
end result. If Mathematica started to do the same - and, for example, 
tried to become OO - I would feel concerned.

In my experience most programming effort is wasted on the interfaces 
between different software environments because concepts in one 
environment don't quite map onto those in another. If the modern 
Mathematica reduces the need for that kind of work, that must be beneficial.

David Bailey
http://www.dbaileyconsultancy.co.uk


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