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Re: Language vs. Library

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  • Subject: [mg61101] Re: Language vs. Library
  • From: Bill Rowe <readnewsciv at>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2005 02:40:02 -0400 (EDT)
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On 10/9/05 at 1:35 AM, hattons at (Steven T. Hatton)

>If we look at compiled and byte compiled languages such as
>C,C++,Java, C#, etc., we see they typically consist of a core
>language, and standard libraries.  In C, and C++ the demarcation is
>very clear. I know I've asked a similar question in the past, but
>it's something that recures to me every time I start working with
>Mathematica.  Is there a core Mathematica language?  If so, what
>does it consist of?

In Mathematica, the obvious division would be the symbols in the System` context and everything else. Things not in the System` context are loaded using Needs or Get, analogous to using #include in either C++ or C.
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