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Re: Executing external notebook

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  • Subject: [mg92757] Re: Executing external notebook
  • From: Tyler <hayes.tyler at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2008 04:34:00 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <gcq09i$c30$1@smc.vnet.net>

I think what you want is to make common a package, that is, a ".m"
file. You would then use:

Needs[BaseDir`common`]

or

<<BaseDir`common

Where common.m is your package of portable code.

I am also new to Mathematica and have had similar basic questions come
to my mind as well. I feel your pain. Trust me, it's not a dumb
question. I didn't realize anything about packages until I read Roman
Maeder's, "Programming in Mathematica - 3rd Edition." I find that a
lot of the newer texts focus on demonstrating the use of the front
end. And then, maybe as an appendix, or a chapter at the end of the
book, they'll describe a package. Maeder on the other hand dives right
into packages, perhaps because he wrote the book for Mathematica 3 and
the front wasn't as powerful as it is now.

In a nutshell, this is how I've come to understand packages and
notebooks.

On Oct 11, 6:48 am, pdin... at gmail.com wrote:
> I have a really trivial question, but nevertheless am stuck.
>
> Within a notebook file, how do I execute an external notebook and keep
> all the results in memory?
>
> For example I have 5 files,
> main1.nb
> main2.nb
> main3.nb
> main4.nb
> main5.nb
>
> each of which must call
> common.nb
>
> which contains code that is common to all 5 main files.
>
> It seems like this should be easy to do but I cannot find an
> appropriate command (Get seems like it is intended for this purpose,
> but perhaps I am not using it correctly).



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