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Package File for Different Mathematica Versions

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  • From: Andrew Beveridge <acbev at>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2008 03:29:32 -0400 (EDT)

I am writing a package file for Mathematica. I have two versions of 
Mathematica targeted: 5.2 and 6.0.x.

It would be nice to use some of the improvements in Version 6.0.x 
without losing backwards compatibility with Version 5.2.

I imagine one way to implement this would be the following:

If $VersionNumber >= 6 then ... else ...

However, I would prefer not to put a bunch of If statements into my 
code; multiple lines would have to be modified. Is there are more 
elegant way around this problem? Can a function be defined for a 
particular versions of Mathematica in a package file?

Thanks again for all of your help.


Andrew C Beveridge
MS M888
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM  87545

e-mail: acbev at

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