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Re: Mathematica Programming Reference Recommendation

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  • Subject: [mg1005] Re: Mathematica Programming Reference Recommendation
  • From: rubin at (Paul A. Rubin)
  • Date: Mon, 8 May 1995 05:18:28 -0400
  • Organization: Michigan State University

In article <3o6sha$pjb at>,
   dale at wrote:
->I'm looking for a Mathematica programming text and have 3 from which to 
choose. Does 
->one go more highly recommended than the others? I would be happy to hear 
from anyone 
->that can recommend any of these (or others). I'm quite familiar with 
->programming principles, but haven't done any Mathematica programming.
->* Richard J. Gaylord, Samuel N. Kamin, and Paul R. Wellin:  Introduction 
->Programming with Mathematica  
->* John W. Gray:  Mastering Mathematica: Programming Methods and 
->* Roman Maeder:  Programming in Mathematica Second Edition  
->Dale Brisinda                        Email: brisinda at
->Graduate Student                     NeXTmail: dale at
->Department of Computer Science                    Tel: (403) 220-7687
->University of Calgary                             Fax: (403) 281-5242
->PGP Public Key: `finger -l brisinda at'

I can't speak to the first two books, but I used Maeder's book (after 
reading the Holy Writ of Mathematica cover to cover first, of course).  
Maeder's book helped me significantly improve my understanding of 
programming issues, specifically contexts and packaging.


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