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Re: Mathematica and some General Comments

mike.honeychurch at wrote :
> ...and I would imagine that to most people who write their own code a
> compiler is a black box. At some level most, if not all, of us use
> things that are opaque to us.

There is a huge difference between being opaque because the information 
is not made available (even if for sound reasons, like profiting for 
the hard work made in developing the tool), and being opaque because of 
one's ignorance or laziness (or simply beacuse when everything seems to 
work noone cares). Moreover the opacity in Mathematica is way closer to the 
user implementation of an algorithm that the optimization choice of a 
compiler could ever be.


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