Re: Mathematica 8

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg113830] Re: Mathematica 8*From*: Raffy <adraffy at gmail.com>*Date*: Sun, 14 Nov 2010 06:11:40 -0500 (EST)*References*: <ibl9dj$b64$1@smc.vnet.net>

On Nov 12, 9:58 pm, Bill Rowe <readn... at sbcglobal.net> wrote: > It sounds like version 8 will be available next month and have a > significant number of new functions > > <http://blog.wolfram.com/2010/11/12/a-sneak-peek-at-mathematica-8/> Looks good. The distribution stuff seems very useful. I'm also interested in what they did with Compile. However, I'm still waiting for some low-level improvements. I would kill for some of these: - packed arrays supporting Indeterminate, -Infinity, and Infinity (especially for JavaLink) - packed bit/boolean arrays - an efficient/packed reap, something like ReapArray[Sow[1];Sow[2],Integer] == {1,2} and PackedArrayQ == True - With[] should be allowed to override names in the current scope (and basically const-ify them). I hate having to do things like: Module[{x,y}, .... With[{x0=x,y0=y}, ... ]]. I'd rather just say: Module[{x,y}, ... With[{x,y}, ... ]] - an efficient way to exit a scoping construct, like ModuleReturn/ BlockReturn/WithReturn (and/or a huge speed improvement to Catch/Throw)