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Re: Programming

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  • Subject: [mg2826] Re: Programming
  • From: wagner at bullwinkle.cs.Colorado.EDU (Dave Wagner)
  • Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 03:17:30 -0500
  • Organization: University of Colorado, Boulder

In article <4b8583$app at>,
Jack Goldberg  <jackgold at> wrote:
>Hi Group;
>	Here is my problem:  Suppose  BuiltIn[expr_]  is an 
>operation either native to Mma or an operation appearing in 
>some complicated, lengthly package.  Suppose that  BuiltIn 
>does not always work.  (An example might be Integrate which 
>fails to find the anti-derivative  Integrate[1/(1+Log[x]),x].)
>When BuiltIn fails I want to try  MyOperation[expr_], but ONLY 
>if BuiltIn fails!  Interactively, this is trivial.  Whenever 
>BuiltIn fails, I recognize the failure because Mma echos the 
>Input in the Output.  (The output of Integrate[1/(1+Log[x]),x] 
>is itself.) 


  I have seen the following trick used in various packages:

	foo = BuiltIn[expr];
	If[Head[foo] =!= BuiltIn, foo, MyOperation[expr]]

		Dave Wagner
		Principia Consulting
		(303) 786-8371
		dbwagner at

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