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Re: Work on Basic Mathematica Stephen!

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  • From: "Ernst H.K. Stelzer" <ernst.stelzer at>
  • Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 05:03:52 -0400 (EDT)
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This is a very good suggestion.  Stackexchange addresses this issue to a certain extent, particulalrly when questioneers and answerees continue to edit their questions/answers and point to the most complete answer.  However, the editors are very sensitive to to simply providing the code for a reasonable problem if it is not phrased as a question, which I appreciate and do not wish to discuss here.

Whenever I find interesting code here on mathgroup or on Stackexchange I copy it into one of my MathGroupTippsAndTricks notebooks and make sure it is in a format I will understand months or years later.  However, this concept fails once the notebooks contain too many dynamic entries and become excessively large.

I have also started to write more complete packages (.m) with comments and full names.  But how do I share them with the community?

There are also many sites for C-programmers looking for snippets of various kinds, but I have yet to come across one that can be searched ...

I agree with Paul, sharing notebooks, functions and code-snippets is a very serious task where Wolfram has to make an effort and either do it themselves or via supporting the community and where a good search functionality is absolutely essential.  The demonstrations project is by no means sufficient, particulalrly since it does not allow code that imports and exports data.



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Prof. Dr. Ernst H.K. Stelzer
Physikalische Biologie/Physical Biology (FB 15, IZN)
Buchmann Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (BMLS)
Centre of Excellence Macromeolecular Complexes (CEF-MC)
Goethe Universit=E4t Frankfurt am Main (Campus Riedberg)
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D-60438 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Sent: 19 May 2013 11:51
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Subject: [mg130842] Re: Work on Basic Mathematica Stephen!

Another "missing item" is  There are many functions people write that would be amazing useful to others but will never be shared. I have shared some potential toolbox entries here like a function that receives evenly spaced time/data pairs and returns FFT in terms of Hz.  Handy to have laying around.  I started a Toolbox.nb that I refer to often.  It would be great to have an "open source" sharing mechanism to have the community support each other.  Some of the things in my toolbox:

1. Cool graphing functions with very simple legends
2. Canned functions for unique file formats
3. Easier ways to measure time than Timing[]
4. Database access routines
5. Initialization stuff
6. Functions to communicate over Ethernet
7. Functions to talk to external COTS test equipment

It would be cool to have a community place to store and share this stuff.  Like a sourceforge model for Mathematica.  Peer reviewed notebooks or external applications to extend Mathematica.

Any chance of this?


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