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Re: Re: Types in Mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg62273] Re: [mg62258] Re: [mg62245] Types in Mathematica
  • From: Andrzej Kozlowski <akoz at>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 05:58:00 -0500 (EST)
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On 18 Nov 2005, at 07:03, Virgilio, Vincent - SSD wrote:

> I don't think we should forget C++ in trying to understand  
> Mathematica's
> language.  I *bet* many illuminating comparisons can be made  
> between the
> pattern matching and expression evaluation mechanisms of Mathematica,
> and the template-programming mechanisms of C++ (particularly those in
> development, found at the above C++ working-group website).

No doubt it is true that "many illuminating comparisons can be made".  
No doubt also many illuminating comparisons can be (and have been)  
made between the English and the Japanese languages. However, this  
does not change the fact that when you try to speak Japanese thinking  
in English or even worse, translating between English and Japanese  
is, except for a novice, more of a hindrance than help. The  
relationship between Mathematica and C++ or Mathematica and LISP is  

Andrzej Kozlowski

Tokyo, Japan

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