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Re: Mathematica Programming

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  • Subject: [mg108972] Re: Mathematica Programming
  • From: "Scot T. Martin" <smartin at>
  • Date: Thu, 8 Apr 2010 08:04:32 -0400 (EDT)

As a further hint from webMathematica user, we have used it both on 
Unix/Apache platform and on Windows platform. The installation is easier 
and the system more stable with the Windows platform, at least for us. 
Nevertheless, we still use the Unix/Apache platform for no excellent 

As a product, I find that webMathematica is superb: the full access to the 
Mathematica command set really gives an excellent amount of control and 
possibilities (at very little programming effort) to all kinds of high-end 
web-based applications (i.e., database, technical, graphical, etc).

On Wed, 7 Apr 2010, Arturas Acus wrote:

> Dear David,
> we use webMma several years. Short explanations running linux OS from my
> expierence below.
> On Wed, 7 Apr 2010, David Park wrote:
>> Very interesting question.
>> I have never been able to understand the promotional material for
>> webMathematica. Can one run webMathematica from a standard user web site
>> provided by an ISP?
> To run webMma you have to sign special agreement with Wolfram and
> register server in their data base.
> Or does one have to have one's own server setup, and
>> what would that consist of?
> We use our own web server running separate linux machine. In addition to
> web server (apache in our case) webMma requires tomcat server. And if You
> want not just Mathematica kernel functionality, but also to display Mathematica
> generated graphics, then xvnc server is also needed (we use tightvnc).
> Where would the Mathematica engine that drives
>> webMathematica actually reside? (It would be nice to have an answer that I
>> could operationally understand and not in some jargon.)
> Mathematica is installed in usual unix way for some user. You can
> imagine webMma as an java script collection, which accepts web inquiries,
> then cals Mathematica kernel (which in turn cals Mathematica front end to generate
> graphics) and then puts Mathematica generated rezults back. As I mentioned tomcat
> server plays central part here. webMathematica scripts provides call
> security check as well as limits for allowed kernel computation time,
> memory
> size, kernel number, restart times, etc...
> Is webMathematica
>> something accessible for ordinary Mathematica users and developers, or is it
>> ultimately a high priced institutional type application?
> High priced application
> Is it available to
>> Premier subscribers?
>> If I recollect correctly, there is a possibility that in the near future WRI
>> will provide a way so that anyone can read a Mathematica notebook on line in
>> a web browser. Would this include the use of active controls and be able to
>> utilize private packages?  Would this be an alternative to webMathematica?
>> Lots of questions, but being able to communicate efficiently with people who
>> don't presently have Mathematica is still the missing link.
>> David Park
>> djmpark at
>> From: Nicholas Chung [mailto:nchung66 at]
>> I have Mathematica 7 but I was wondering how it compares to
>> WebMathematica and WorkBench? Can I create full applications and
>> interactive websites with Mathematica? How much control do I have over
>> the user interface design?

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