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Re: Mathematica and F#

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  • Subject: [mg91628] Re: Mathematica and F#
  • From: Jon Harrop <jon at ffconsultancy.com>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2008 01:50:15 -0400 (EDT)
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peter lindsay wrote:
> I am not an expert in either Mathematica or functional programming, but...
> is there really any appetite from Mathematica users to tie themselves
> into a Microsoft product?

I can understand that argument from the open source perspective but
Mathematica users are obviously already tying themselves into proprietary
products...

> Would Haskell not be a safer bet?

Haskell has its own trade-offs that I will happily discuss elsewhere.
Suffice to say that modern scientific computing is about writing many small
disposable "script" programs, e.g. for massaging, analysing and visualizing
data. The risks associated with vendor lock-in are then tiny, of course.

So I would not hesitate to recommend both Mathematica and F# to working
scientists. Not least because they compliment each other extremely well.

-- 
Dr Jon D Harrop, Flying Frog Consultancy
http://www.ffconsultancy.com/products/?u


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