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Re: Workbench - Recommendation?

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  • Subject: [mg119429] Re: Workbench - Recommendation?
  • From: Leonid Shifrin <lshifr at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2011 19:12:32 -0400 (EDT)

Hi Yitzhak,

I think this really depends on what you plan to do with Mathematica, and
your programming background.
If you just want to write lots of smaller programs, and need a lot of
interactivity, mental overhead of
the Workbench may be unjustified. If you plan to develop larger programs
(many packages), and/or
accumulate a library of your own functions, it may be worth learning. Also,
if you have a programming
background and have used IDE-s before (particularly Eclipse), it will be
much easier to master. In
other words, WB can give you  more for the software development and
programming in the large.

I expressed my thoughts on it in a little more detail here (middle
paragraph)

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4675520/how-to-localize-syntax-errors-in-mathematica/4675770#4675770

and here (last paragraph):

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/6167291/how-to-debug-when-writting-small-or-big-codes-using-mathematica-workbench-mma-d/6168036#6168036

HTH.

Regards,
Leonid




On Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 3:15 PM, yitzhakbg <yitzhakbg at gmail.com> wrote:

> I've begun using Mathematica and have invested quite a few hours learning
> to program and getting into the mindset. I'm wondering whether Workbench is
> worth the investment. I do plan on using Mathematica during the course of my
> studies in Communications Engineering over the next two year.
> I would appreciate hearing feedback, recommendations and/or criticism and
> in getting a feeling for how widely used workbench actually is amongst
> Mathematica users.
> Thanks,
> Yitzhak
>
>


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