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Re: DeveloperContextFreeForm and local symbols in packages (more)

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  • Subject: [mg116589] Re: DeveloperContextFreeForm and local symbols in packages (more)
  • From: "E. Martin-Serrano" <eMartinSerrano at>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2011 04:20:08 -0500 (EST)


Just to add that it even sounds a bit rare that  the facility conversion to
V6 from previous versions included in that version 6 does not complain about
the occurrence of  Developer`ContextFreeForm nor  offers an  alternative
as it does for other compatibility issues.

E. Martin-Serrano

From: E. Martin-Serrano [mailto:eMartinSerrano at]
Sent: Saturday, February 19, 2011 9:51 PM
To: 'mathgroup at'
Subject: [mg116589] DeveloperContextFreeForm and local symbols in packages


On 2003, I sent to MathGroup the question whose answer is in the link below.

The idea was to remove the description of the context of local variables in
packages (the syntactical sugar, I said in that post), as to make clearer
the definitions inside the private context of packages, which really makes
obscure these definitions.

With the answer given in the link to me question, I wrote a trivial function
which made the trick as follows,

Form},If[d==Null,Print["Symbol '"<>ToString[s]<>"' not defined"],d]]

The idea was *Developer`ContextFreeForm* applied to the (full) definition of
the symbols in the private context, but now without the
Developer`ContextFreeForm* facility available, the function does not work
any more (I think it worked up to the version 6).

I have unsuccessfully tried to find a substitution for it, (for the
*Developer`ContextFreeForm* command) might someone in the group come up with
an alternative? The function *FullSymbolInfo[s_Symbol]* used to be very


E. Martin-Serrano


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