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Re: Re: Re: Any Mathematica 6 book yet?

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  • Subject: [mg81635] Re: [mg81623] Re: Re: Any Mathematica 6 book yet?
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 03:56:50 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
  • References: <200709261035.GAA06256@smc.vnet.net> <fdf236$20u$1@smc.vnet.net> <200709291025.GAA13280@smc.vnet.net>
  • Reply-to: murray at math.umass.edu

See responses interspersed below..

Nasser Abbasi wrote:
> 
> There are few things that would make Matematica 'easier' to use by those 
> engineers who are so used to that 'other' tool (which we all know what it 
> is).  I am amazed that WRI still have not added such features after all 
> these years. Some of these things are:
> 
> 1. Ability to zoom in and out of any part of a plot using the mouse. (I know 
> this can now be programmed using the new Dynamic features, but this needs to 
> be a build-in feature, just like the ability not to rotate 3D plots using a 
> mouse).

If you refer to 2D graphics, I agree. But 3D graphics: you CAN now zoom 
in and out using the mouse and the Ctrl key.
> 
> 2. an EASY to use debugger. Something as basic as seeing line numbers and 
> setting a break point on a line number.  The current debugger is completely 
> useless for me, I can't ever figure how to use it. So I still debug my code 
> using Print[].  Using the 'other' system, never had to do this.
> 
> 3. To Make Mathematica more attractive to 'engineers', add more control 
> systems functions to basic Mathematica. May be combine the functions in the 
> control systems application and the functions in the image processing 
> application into Mathemtica core....

I'm not sure just what "control systems functions" you refer to, but so 
far as I am aware, to do much with control systems with that 'other' 
system you have to obtain add-on packages, just as you have to obtain 
"applications" for such additional functionality in Mathematica.

Perhaps you can be more specific as to what additional functions, or 
classes of functions, belong in Mathematica itself.

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