Re: Where is the Mathematica Book in
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- Subject: [mg78134] Re: Where is the Mathematica Book in
- From: Paul <pehowland at iee.org>
- Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2007 07:18:57 -0400 (EDT)
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On 2007-05-17 12:08:02 +0200, David Bailey
<dave at Remove_Thisdbailey.co.uk> said:
> W. Craig Carter wrote:
>> Many things in Mathematica 6 are an improvement---I have to agree that
>> the documentation center is not one of them. I often (and prefer to in
>> many cases) work offline. Having the Mathematica book while working on
>> an airplane was very useful.
>> However, I do appreciate the ability to create multiple help-center windows.
>>> The Mathematica Book is online at
>>> On Mon, 14 May 2007 02:49:32 -0500, Mark Adler <madler at alumni.caltech.edu>
>>>> The old help function was actually helpful.
> Yes, indeed - please will Wolfram pull together the 6.0 documentation,
> combine it with those parts of the 5.2 book that are still valid (most
> of it) and create an up-to-date version of the Mathematica book! I
> agree, that too many trees would be consumed to print the thing, so it
> would only be available electronically. However it is necessary to have
> well thought out continuous prose to put features into their correct
> David Bailey
I second all of this. Whilst the new help system is an improvement
when used as reference guide, it is abysmal as any kind of overview or
tutorial on Mathematica. If I was starting from scratch with
Mathematica now, I don't think I would ever be able to get into it.
The guide, IMHO, needs two additional features: a) a logical "table of
contents" which would allow be to see at a glance the overall features
of Mathematica and the help on them; b) a few tutorial threads (much
like Sun provide on their Java pages) which I could follow that would
take me from complete novice through to guru.
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