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Re: Notebook that auto-executes when opened?

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  • Subject: [mg97454] Re: Notebook that auto-executes when opened?
  • From: Bill Rowe <readnews at sbcglobal.net>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2009 04:53:31 -0500 (EST)

On 3/12/09 at 2:16 AM, ragfield at gmail.com (ragfield) wrote:

>On Mar 11, 4:25 am, Bill Rowe <readn... at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>>Mathematica is far more than the typical application that contains
>>similar warning messages. Mathematica can be viewed as being a
>>general purpose programming language. In this regard it is no more
>>appropriate to put "Are you sure?" warnings in Mathematica than say
>>a C/C++ compiler. As is the case with a C/C++ compiler, the
>>assumption is the user knows what he is doing with commands such as
>>DeleteFile.

>Opening a C++ source file in an editor doesn't automatically run the
>compiled program.

True. But this doesn't change the fact Mathematica implements a
programming language which while being heavily orientated to
mathematics is general purpose. As such, the user is expected to
know what they are doing and "Are you sure?" warnings are not appropriate.

Additionally, unless you do something to change things,
Mathematica does not automatically run notebooks when they are opened.



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