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Re: OOP in Mathematica -- please help a newbie

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  • Subject: [mg20366] Re: [mg20347] OOP in Mathematica -- please help a newbie
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 02:45:40 -0400
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I haven't used object oriented programming myself, but you will find a fuller
discussion of the Classes package and its methods in "The Mathematica Programmer" by
Roman Maeder. (Not "The Mathematica Programmer II")

David Park
djmp at

>I'm trying to discover if and how Mathematica supports object-oriented
>programming.  I just got v4.0, and a search in the master index points
>me to the Mathematica Book, section 2.4.10.  But clicking the link
>jumps me to the bottom of that page, and scrolling up to that actual
>section, I find it's called "Associating Definitions with Different
>Symbols" and there is no mention of object-oriented programming.
>Is there a bug in the master index, or do I need to read between the
>lines, or what?
>I also downloaded "Classes.m" from MathSource, a package from 1993
>which claims to add OOP capability to Mathematica.  I opened this in
>Mathematica and did "Evaluate Notebook"; it generated a number of
>warnings (which now, for some reason, seem to be gone -- but they
>appeared to be mostly similar-name warningns).  Is this what I should
>be using, or is this now obsolete?  (The warnings, and the fact that
>it's from 1993, make me suspicious.)
>Thanks for any pointers!
>-- Joe
>|    Joseph J. Strout           Biocomputing -- The Salk Institute |
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