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Mathematica Developer Conference - May 6-8, 1993

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Mathematica Developer Conference - May 6-8, 1993

Wolfram Research, Inc., Champaign, Illinois

May 6-8, 1993
The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. on May 6 and end at 

5:00 p.m. on May 8.

Wolfram Research wants to help you create Mathematica 

packages, MathLink applications, Mathematica books, and 

interactive texts.  The Mathematica Developer Conference 

will feature workshops, panels, luncheons, a computer lab, 

and a series of informative, practical sessions.  Take this 

opportunity to meet with Wolfram Research staff and other 

Mathematica experts to share and exchange experiences and   



Opening Address
Stephen Wolfram will discuss his vision of the 

opportunities made possible by Mathematica.

Conference sessions on a wide variety of topics will be 

presented by Wolfram Research staff, publishers and other 

Mathematica users

Problem Solving Clinics
Discuss your projects, questions, and problems in detail  

with Wolfram Research technical development staff.  Be 

sure to bring copies of your materials to the clinics.

Computer Lab
A Mathematica computer lab will be open continuously as a 

place to share ideas and discuss applications with other 

attendees.  The lab will have scheduled sessions; MathLink 

technical staff will be available during scheduled hours to 

provide hands-on guidance on connecting your programs 

to Mathematica.

Tour of Wolfram Research
The tour is a first-hand opportunity to see what goes into 

creating, supporting, and distributing Mathematica.


Mathematica Programming
Intended for those already familiar with other computer 

languages, this session will show examples of clear and 

efficient Mathematica programming style.

Programming Case Studies
Three case studies will show how to translate problem 

statements into Mathematica.  

Mathematica Notebook Design
The relationship between packages and Notebooks, turning 

a package into a Notebook, and organizing a Notebook will 

be discussed.

Mathematica Package Design
Stephen Wolfram will discuss elements of well-designed 

packages and offer his suggestions on materials submitted 

by conference attendees.  Users interested in having 

material discussed in this session should submit copies with 

their conference application.

Application Package Development Forum
Authors, both Wolfram Research and third-party, will talk 

in depth about their experiences writing Mathematica 

application packages.

Package Development Opportunities 

Wolfram Research package developers will discuss fields 

where Mathematica package demand is greatest.  Electronic 

distribution and MathPacks will also be discussed.


Wolfram Research technical staff will discuss connecting 

Mathematica to other programs.  Examples from existing 

linked products show how to add external capabilities to 

Mathematica, and how to incorporate Mathematica's 

capabilities into other applications.  At the computer lab, 

MathLink technical staff will be available to provide hands-
on MathLink programming

Mathematica Graphics 

This session will show you how to use the built-in graphics 

primitives and functions in combination with 

Mathematica's programming capabilities.  You will learn 

about the unique features of Mathematica as a graphics 

system and the most effective ways to use it.

Marketing Mathematica Application Packages
Wolfram Research marketing staff will discuss ways to 

market your Mathematica applications. Publicity, 

advertising, pricing policies, and public relations will also 

be discussed. 

Production and Distribution
Wolfram Research staff will discuss how to duplicate disks, 

labels, and documentation, and how to work with a graphic 

designer to create product identity and packaging.

Wolfram Research Developer Support
This session will discuss ways that Wolfram Research 

supports the development of your Mathematica project.  

Developer support elements such as programming and 

marketing assistance, review of documentation and books, 

and access to early releases of Mathematica, will be 

discussed.  You are also invited to give suggestions for
future directions for developer support at this session.

Copyrights, Trademarks, and Intellectual Property 


This session covers issues of software copyright, how to 

create and use trademarks, write license agreements, and 

make other legal arrangements.

Author Workshop 

Wolfram Research publication staff, authors, and 

publishing representatives will discuss book writing, 

production, electronic distribution, and MathSource.  This 

session will discuss how to:
- decide whether a book should be electronic or printed, or 

if a book requires an electronic supplement
- convert Mathematica Notebooks to different forms
- typeset books
- find foreign language translators 

- distribute a book
The Publishing with Mathematica kit, a collection of tools 

and documentation, will be distributed at this session.

Meet the Publishers
Representatives from several publishing companies will 

briefly describe the character of their publishing enterprises 

and the types of Mathematica books they seek to publish.

Book Publisher Buffet Luncheon 

This informal luncheon will give you an opportunity to talk 

with several publishers and evaluate each publisher's 

ability to meet your needs.  

Authors' Forum 

Authors will talk about their different experiences in 

writing Mathematica books. Topics include: 

- interaction with publishers
- pricing, royalties, and copyrights
- scheduling
- choosing a co-author
- "Things I never intended to do"

Courseware Presentations
University professors will present their Mathematica-based 

courseware to give ideas and guidance for developing new 


Teaching with Mathematica: Tips and Caveats
In this session, professors will discuss how to:
- get funding for developing courseware
- test courseware
- set up computer labs
- evaluate new projects

How to Apply
Registration to the Developer Conference is limited to 

active Mathematica developers and Mathematica users who 

are interested in developing Mathematica packages, 

MathLink applications, Mathematica books, or interactive 

texts.  The conference fee, which includes all course 

materials and the conference guide, is $95.

Users interested in attending the Developer Conference 

should complete and return the following application by 

Friday, March 26.  Printed copies may be obtained by 

sending electronic mail to devconf at

Cancellation Policy
A full refund is available until April 30; a 50% refund is 

available until May 4; no refund is available after May 4.  

Mathematica Developer Conference Application

Street address:


ZIP/Postal code:


Please describe your Mathematica projects:

What would you specifically like to accomplish at the 

Developer Conference?

Do you plan to bring your own computer to the conference?
[ ] Yes
[ ] No
Kind of computer:

Please give any additional comments or suggestions for the 

Developer Conference:

Hotel Information
As hotel space tends to fill early in Champaign, we would
like to reserve a room for you upon receipt of this 

application. If for some reason you are unable to attend the 

conference, we will cancel the hotel reservation 


Please indicate your hotel preference:
[ ] Radisson Suite Hotel        

    - Host hotel for the Developer Conference
    - located adjacent to Wolfram Research      

    - Single or double room rate: $69                   


[ ] Campus Inn
    - Located within walking distance of Wolfram Research
    - Single or double room rate: $32

[ ] Non-smoking     [ ] Smoking

Please indicate the nights you plan to stay in Champaign:
[ ] Wednesday, 5 May
[ ] Thursday, 6 May
[ ] Friday, 7 May
[ ] Saturday, 8 May

Please complete the following credit card information.  All 

major credit cards are accepted.  This information will be 

used to hold the reservation only; you may choose the form 

of payment upon arrival at the hotel.
[ ] MasterCard
[ ] VISA
[ ] American Express
[ ] Discover

Card number:    

Expiration date:        

Cardholder's name:      

Non-Disclosure Agreement

______________________________________ (Attendee) 

wishes to attend the Mathematica Developer Conference 

scheduled for 6 May to 8 May 1993(Conference).  Attendee 

understands that Wolfram Research, Inc. (WRI) will 

disclose confidential information and proprietary materials 

at the Conference.  The Attendee agrees not to use or 

disclose confidential information or proprietary materials 

other than as authorized by this agreement.

"Confidential Information" means all information, not in the 

public domain,disclosed by WRI during the Conference.  

Confidential Information includes,but is not limited to, 

information about unreleased versions of WRI's products 

and information about WRI's customers. 

"Proprietary Materials" means all materials, not in the 

public domain,distributed by WRI at the Conference.  

Proprietary Materials include, but are not limited to, 

Mathematica code, software tools, and TeX macros.

Attendee is authorized to make personal use of 

Confidential Information and Proprietary Materials to 

enhance the benefits of Mathematica to Attendee. Attendee 

is not authorized to reproduce or distribute Confidential 

Information or Proprietary Materials (unless permission to 

do so is granted
in writing) or to use Confidential Information or 

Proprietary Materials to enhance the use of any product 

that could be considered to compete with Mathematica.

Attendee's name:

Please return this application to devconf at by 

Friday, March 26.  

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