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Re: Template for developing a package application in workbench

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  • Subject: [mg119462] Re: Template for developing a package application in workbench
  • From: David Bailey <dave at>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2011 07:02:20 -0400 (EDT)
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On 03/06/2011 00:12, yitzhakbg wrote:
> This is the kind of answer I was seeking when I requested feedback (for some reason, still not posted) on using workbench. I was deliberating as to whether it is worthwhile or not.
> I'd be interested on hearing your pros and cons.
> Thanks,
> Yitzhak
I think to be fair, the Workbench is probably best used to organise 
large projects which are partly written in other languages - such as 
Java. However, I have such a project, and organise it entirely using 
batch files to perform tasks such as total recompilation.

I tried the WB once, and discovered that all the special Mathematica 
characters are spelled out - /[Infinity] etc. For many people, this one 
defect is enough to spoil the WB experience.

The front end will let you edit .m files (as well as notebooks), and 
this interface is superb. You can add text and heading cells, which 
behave almost exactly as they would in a notebook. You can also run the 
code, just as you would in a notebook. When you save the result away, 
any output cells are discarded, and heading/text cells are converted 
into special comments, that are automatically converted back the next 
time you perform an edit.

I find this environment extremely convenient, and use it almost exclusively.

David Bailey

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