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Re: Best practice for Mathematica package development

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  • Subject: [mg77234] Re: [mg77149] Best practice for Mathematica package development
  • From: "Chris Chiasson" <chris at>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2007 06:47:50 -0400 (EDT)
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1. make sure not to forget the back quote that precedes Private in
2. become familiar with the Trace functionality (for investigating how
the masters do things)
3. ...

On 6/5/07, Andrew Moylan <andrew.j.moylan at> wrote:
> What are the best standards and practices to follow when developing
> serious Mathematica packages that are intended for many people to use?
> Is there a handy guide, and/or template .m files, that can be used by
> prospective package developers?
> In the past I have made packages by allowing Mathematica to
> automatically generate .m files from a notebook containing the
> relevant definitions in initialization cells. With the advent of
> Workbench, I assume this is no longer the best method.
> I am interested in best practices related to managing options,
> contexts, warnings and errors, interfaces in general, etc. Is there a
> list of standards adhered to when WRI designs packages?
> Of course I can often see how others have designed packages by reading
> the .m files in their packages. Are all well-known packages as well-
> designed as each another? Can anyone recommend a particular package as
> a good example of how to write packages well?


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