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Re: Wolfram Workbench user experiences

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  • Subject: [mg88358] Re: [mg88339] Wolfram Workbench user experiences
  • From: George Woodrow III <georgevw3 at mac.com>
  • Date: Sat, 3 May 2008 06:14:09 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <200805020743.DAA05430@smc.vnet.net>

I have pretty much the same experience that you do. I have beta tested  
several versions of Workbench, but I still much prefer interactive  
development in Mathematica.

Having said that, the debugger in workbench is more powerful than the  
one in Mathematica, and it should be easier to complete package  
development with Workbench than in Mathematica.

One problem I have is that the other IDEs I have used -- Xcode,  
CodeWarrior, etc. -- have been much more powerful than the Eclipse  
environment. The inability to get full API documentation easily in  
Workbench is a major failing. I am sure that someone coming to  
Workbench from command line tools would not have this problem.

I plan to do my development in Mathematica, and then take the  
initialization cells and move them to Workbench for the final stages  
of package development.

I see Workbench as a niche tool. It's not for beginners, and useful  
primarily for development of large or complex packages.

george woodrow

On May 2, 2008, at 3:43 AM, David Bailey wrote:

> I would be very interested in other people's experiences with the
> Wolfram Workbench. I must admit that I prefer to use the frontend as  
> my
> 'IDE', and the workbench seemed fairly alien when I tried it.
>
> David Bailey
> http://www.dbaileyconsultancy.co.uk
>



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