Re: Print[Plot] vs Print[text,Plot]?
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- Subject: [mg88152] Re: Print[Plot] vs Print[text,Plot]?
- From: Bill Rowe <readnews at sbcglobal.net>
- Date: Sat, 26 Apr 2008 03:45:17 -0400 (EDT)
On 4/25/08 at 5:27 AM, siegman at stanford.edu (AES) wrote: >In article <fupm41$s4n$1 at smc.vnet.net>, Helen Read ><hpr at together.net> wrote: >>There are a *lot* of extremely useful things "New in 6.0" that are >>very much worth the effort to learn. >Yes, I totally agree. >So, could you please point me to the well-organized, well-written, >well-illustrated introduction to (repeat: "Introduction to", not >"Detailed Reference Documentation for") the most important and >useful of these new things (and the ones most changed since 5.n), <snip> >What? You want me to go to the Mathematica Documentation Center? When I select Documentation Center from the Help menu, I get a page showing seven boxes with bold face headings. At the bottom of each is an item that says new in 6. When I click on any of those, I get a page that lists a bunch of related things that are in 6 but not 5 and a few things that were in 5 but have been modified in 6. This allowed me to quickly identify areas of interest to me that had either changed or were new. And when I clicked on any of the functions, up comes a very nice description of the function and examples of its use. Much better than previous online documentation. Why doesn't this serve as a fairly effective introduction to what is new in 6 for you? I am well aware the documentation center does not fully replace a book. The advantage of a book is that you can easily flip through the pages and browse things of interest. There is nothing in the documentation center that works as well as a book for this purpose. Even the new virtual book in version 6.02 (while a very nice improvement) doesn't really replace a book. However, for rapidly finding out how a new function works, the documentation center is far better than a book. This is particularly true since those pages are interactive. I can change parameters to the function and see the effect. That is a great way to learn how a function works and cannot be done with a book.