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Re: Re: Re: Using a text editor like interface for Mathematica?
Hi, On Mon, 20 Feb 2006, Murray Eisenberg wrote: > I don't understand what the problems are here, really! Neither do I really! > First, one should probably NOT be editing an .m package file, only the > source .nb notebook file from which the package should have been > created. With such a notebook you can keep together the documentation, > source code, test cases, etc. Probably NOT indeed. But amazingly it just so happens that if you start with the template from Roman Maeders book and follow those quidelines starting with a simple text editor like vim and load up your package in a Mathematica NOtebook session and start using your package and send it around to multiple users etc etc, it all still works. I guess its just personal preference. > Second, just marking some cells in a notebook as Initialization Cells > and then saving the notebook will cause Mathematica, by default, to ask > whether do do automatic creations/saves of a corresponding .m package > file. If you let it do so, then each time you edit and re-save the > notebook, that package will automatically get re-saved with the > correspondingly changed initialization cells. Yes, I think that this has been said over and over again. I guess some really don't follow this prescription, presumably because of personal preference and other little annoyances, such as commenting etc. Most importantly for me, it enables other users the ability to look at the .m file directly together with heaps of comments etc and it remains a basic text file. It also enables maintenance of multiple files and revision using common Unix tools. I assume you could use these tools on the Notebook files as well, but I've never really tried. It also maintains a common programming theme. So no matter whether its, C, Java, a shell script or Mathematica, I have only one editor. There is no loss in functionality from a Mathematica perspective, so really, I don't see what the kerfuffle is about. More follows below. > OT wrote: >> Yasvir A. Tesiram ha scritto: >>> Hi, >>> >>> ... >>> I have never used the notebook interface for writing packages, >>> because such things as escape characters, "->" etc get automagically >>> translated and it makes editing the package file a chore. >> >> I don't understand why Mathematica doesn't offer the possibility to >> export a notebook code into a standard .m file (it should be quite >> simple, since it should be enought to substitute the right expressions >> to the patterns \[expr], and change the tabbing \[IndentingNewLine], \( >> , \! into a "stadard" indentation ) I started replying to this yesterday but the message never made it through. So here goes again, in brief. Murray Eisenberg has summed it up above. You may also want to look at the correspondence of Davids Park in the archives on this matter. That precription howver, is not my cup of tea. And thats why I work the way I do. Choose what works for you. Most of all, learn Mathematica first. Programming Mathematica is a necessary evil once you realize the bulk of its functionality. From pure maths through to computer science, to graphing, shell scripting etc, it has all the tools. It is an integral part of my research. Fancy colors, syntax highlighting etc are secondary to the functionality, but once you have settled on what you like stick to it. Have fun. Best regards Yas > > -- > Murray Eisenberg murray at math.umass.edu > Mathematics & Statistics Dept. > Lederle Graduate Research Tower phone 413 549-1020 (H) > University of Massachusetts 413 545-2859 (W) > 710 North Pleasant Street fax 413 545-1801 > Amherst, MA 01003-9305 >