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Re: Re: Where is the Mathematica Book in Documentation Center?

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  • Subject: [mg76246] Re: [mg76206] Re: [mg75987] Where is the Mathematica Book in Documentation Center?
  • From: DrMajorBob <drmajorbob at bigfoot.com>
  • Date: Fri, 18 May 2007 06:18:38 -0400 (EDT)
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  • Reply-to: drmajorbob at bigfoot.com

Amen.

On Thu, 17 May 2007 05:57:06 -0500, Mark Adler <madler at alumni.caltech.edu>  
wrote:

> Igor,
>
> Here's an example.
>
> One of the dead ends I ran into was the Documentation Center entry
> for ToPackedArray (Developer/ref/ToPackedArray in the little window
> at the top).  Nothing in there told me what the actual name of the
> package was, i.e. with an executable example showing the Get or a
> Needs to access the function.  There was no testable example at all.
> Since the Needs["Developer`"] wasn't working, which is why I went to
> help in the first place, I had reason to suspect that perhaps the
> name had changed.  The page does say DEVELOPER PACKAGE SYMBOL in fine
> print at the top.  But that's hardly a testable example of how to
> access the function, and the name is wrong anyway, being all caps.
>
> Looking for another way out, there were no links to anything covering
> the Developer package itself.  What else is in there?  At the bottom
> are links for only FromPackedArray, ByteCount, and Compress.  Why
> those?  Why not PackedArrayQ?  Uncompress?  Why no link up to some
> sort of overall description of the Developer package?
>
> Poking around some more, I click on "Search for all pages containing
> ToPackedArray".  I see in the list "Developer Utilities Package".
> Aha!  I click on that.  Now I get a list of what's in there.  Still
> no example of how to access those functions.  In fact, none of the
> functions in there have even one executable example when I click on
> them one by one.  I'm still wondering what I should use in Needs[].
> Is the name Developer`?  Developer`Utilities`?
> Utilities`Developer`?  None of the above?
>
> In Documentation Center, it's all a mystery.
>
> Mark
>
>
>



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