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Re: Re: Best practice for Mathematica package development

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  • Subject: [mg77347] Re: [mg77228] Re: Best practice for Mathematica package development
  • From: "Chris Chiasson" <chris at chiasson.name>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2007 03:46:11 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <f43e7d$mv$1@smc.vnet.net> <200706061044.GAA23649@smc.vnet.net>

On 6/6/07, Andrew Moylan <andrew.j.moylan at gmail.com> wrote:
> To elaborate a little more, some of the other particular topics (aside
> from those mentioned in my original post) for which I am interested in
> best practises are:
>
> * layout of .m files in package directories, and why;

based on the way that the Get command works, the layout I use is:

<some directory on $Path>\PackageName\PackageName.m
<some directory on $Path>\PackageName\Kernel\Init.m

contents of Init.m:
<<PackageName`PackageName`

command to load package is then:
<<PackageName`

there might be a less verbose way to do this (in terms of file layout)

>
> * testing (use Eclipse's built-in testing stuff? a separate
> Mathematica notebook? why?);

I don't have much experience with the test functions

>
> * long function definitions with (*comments*) inside them versus many
> smaller function definitions with (*comments*) between them; and

IMO, it's usually better to go with many small functions whose
(multiple) DownValues control the flow of the "program".


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