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Re: Newbie Question - Integrated C++

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  • Subject: [mg24570] Re: Newbie Question - Integrated C++
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 00:56:04 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
  • References: <8l69um$> <8lgrqd$>
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> I'll give you my conclusion in this paragraph, then explain it below.
> Mathematica is so good at graphing you won't want to use C++ for graphing,
> sound, and especially not for programming.  However - Mathematica ISN'T a
> library of proprietary (corporate owned) data.  Mathematica does export its
> graphics & 3D in more than one format.  

Mathematica and MathGL3d exports 
  - DXF
  - VRML 2.0
  - QuickDraw 3D
  - PovRay 3.1
  - RenderMan

Mathmatica alone can export DXF and 3Script files.

>But DirectX 3D and Sony Playstation
> aren't among them.  Mathematica can't allow its users to access a 3D card
> directly, or a sound card. 

Strange -- why Mathematica 4.x (Win/Mac) come with an OpenGL libray for
the RealTime3D`
context ? To fill the hard disk ? A OpenGL driver typical use the 3d

> -C++ ; (* thats legal code in Mathematica *)
> Now, I'll assume that you doing the opposite: Making primitives (or scenes)
> in Mathematica and displaying them in DirectX 3D.  Not a good idea unless
> Wolfram or someone is already paying you money for it. 

Hmm, there are atleast 3 programs that are build with this "not a good
The GLExplorer, the Dynamic Visualizer and MathGL3d.

I can tell you that at least MathGL3d is an excelent idea. It is a
and easy to use visualisation system. 

> No - I know - it is
> fun.  But its a dead end.  Better to have fun in a non-dead end direction.
> Math is a safe direction by all accounts.
> Cover your eyes - I'm just about to break something to you about C++ :)
> C++ isn't much good without proprietary data and proprietary tools.  !!! C++
> is necessary for companies to get those proprietary things working under
> some OS!!!.

Ah I understand - thats why there is a GNU C/C++ compiler, portable
librays (wxWindows, Qt, gtk+)  


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