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Re: Mathematica programming language

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  • Subject: [mg20138] Re: [mg20083] Mathematica programming language
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Oct 1999 03:05:01 -0400
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I would suggest that you definitely work through Part I, A Practical Introduction to
Mathematica, in the Mathematica Book and also read Stephen Wolfram's "Suggestions
about Learning Mathematica" in the front of the book. Mathematica is really a
paradigm of its own and you just have to plunge in.

A good book on programming is Roman Maeder's "Programming in Mathematica, Third
Edition". Heikki Ruskeepaa's "Mathematica Navigator" is also quite good in showing
how to use graphics and deal with numerical analysis of data sets with many many

If you run into a specific problem that you are really stuck on, post it to
MathGroup. You will almost certainly get help.

David Park
djmp at

>Hi all,
>I am a new user of Mathematica, I just bought the student version
>version 4.0. At first glance, the programing language is very different
>from all the other language I know. I program in VB and Delphi, a little
>bit in C, I also do some programming statistical packages like SAS and
>Stata; but the Mathematica's syntax (and the philosophy) seems to be
>totally different.
>Can anybody suggest some readings about programming in Mathematica from
>a perspective of more traditional language, like those I listed above?
>Does anybody want to share his experience (and feeling) of learning to
>program in Mathematica?
>Thank you very much.
>Shige Song
>Department of Sociology, UCLA

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