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Hi, I need a reference...

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  • Subject: [mg16140] Hi, I need a reference...
  • From: "Daniel Sanders" <dman777 at>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Feb 1999 03:23:08 -0500
  • Organization: AT&T WorldNet Services
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Hi everyone,

My favorite book on Mathematica programming is one by Gaylord et. al.,
but I find myself bogged down in the chapter that introduces patterns and
pattern-matching, sequence patterns, and predicates.  The explanation of the
aforementioned is fine, but there are not enough skill building exercises on
these topics.

The problem is that I am more used to procedural programming (Pascal), and I
do not want to emulate that style with Mathematica.  I readily see the
advantages of Mathematica programming, but seeing into it as deeply as I
need to will take a problem set with a reasonable gradient.  It is in search
of such sets that I ask you help.  That is, a book, or articles, or
collections of info that illuminate Mathematica's unique advantages.

I have a particular interest just now in list building, and decision making
without setting up if-then sequences.

Those of you who know of such information, I would appreciate the references
as I am eager to get beyond this particular sand trap so to speak.
I haven't found what I'm looking for in either Gray's book, or Maeder's fine
as they are in their way.  Skill builders is what I am looking for.


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