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Re: Re: Re: snippets

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  • Subject: [mg89572] Re: [mg89527] Re: [mg89498] Re: snippets
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2008 06:10:45 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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There is some nice tutorial material on those Mathematica web pages!

On one page, "Animations that illustrate how Mathematica commands work", 
you reference the work of Keehong Song and link to his web page.  Are 
you aware that essentially (exactly?) the same thing was more recently 
made available at ?  Unfortunately 
it's hard to find if you do a search at, even for "animated 
Mathematica functions"!

Jose Luis Gomez wrote:
> I totally agree with Murray (see his message below), and if you know someone
> who is already used to work with For, you can show her/him the tutorial in
> the following link, in order to convince her/him that For should not be used
> in Mathematica
> (please notice that long URLs are usually broken in these messages, so that
> you might have to copy-paste the entire link instead of just click on it)
> Jose 
> MExico
> -----Mensaje original-----
> De: Murray Eisenberg [mailto:murray at] 
> Enviado el: Jueves, 12 de Junio de 2008 01:57 a.m.
> Para: mathgroup at
> Asunto: [mg89527] Re: [mg89498] Re: snippets
> That's a useful tutorial on your blog. Of course the palette shown 
> reflects your own interests and needs.
> But the title "Newbie.nb" for this palette jarred when I saw the For 
> expression on one of the buttons.  In general, it's a bad idea to look 
> right away to For in order to do iteration.  I recommend that "newbies" 
> not even be told about For until all other, more reasonable constructs 
> -- Table, Sum, f@@expr, f/expr, Nest, etc. -- be tried first for fit to 
> the problem.
> In short, when in Mathematica-land, code in the best 
> "Mathematica-speak", not in FORTRAN-speak, C-speak, etc.
> bobeuland at wrote:
>> Since nobody answered my question I had to do some digging myself. The
>> best approach I found was to make a custom palette for my snippets.
>> You can see how I've done it at

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