Questions on how to write code in a better or different style, using Mathematica's capabilities for coding in multiple styles.

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The guidelines for options or multiple arguments?

Where can I find some references concerning when to use options and when to use multiple arguments in designing and writing functions? Seems most built-in functions have arguments less than 3 and ...
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Getting serious about Mathematica programming

I'm at a point in my Mathematica journey where I need to be a little bit more strategic about my coding. Presently, I have a bunch of notebook files organized using the filesystem of the OS and ...
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f[arg1, arg2,…,argN] vs. f[{arg1, arg2,…,argN}]

I am trying to reproduce the API of a function (written in R) that accepts an arbitrary number of arguments and handles it the same way as it would handle a single argument that is a list of different ...
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Notebook formatting - easier descriptions for equations and results?

When I do computations in mathematica, I generally try to make it readable for myself-in-the-future. This can be a cumbersome task in mathematica, where it often requires me to switch betwee a text ...
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How to find the name of the current function

I would like to know the name of the current function from within that function. For example, consider the following code ...
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What is the purpose of Dump contexts?

Motivation I've been trolling through some internal code, trying to glean design practices WRI developers employ when extending Mathematica using top-level code. During my ...
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More structure in Source Code/Notebooks

Mathematica is great for small and quick projects and has a great syntax. However as soon as a project grows I run into trouble. How do you scale and maintain projects in Mathematica? What is beyond ...
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How to write data from Mathematica to an existing formated Excel file?

I have a sheet in an Excel file already formated: different colors, fonts, columns width and cells styles. I want to fill-out values from Mathematica into specific cells of that sheets, or use that ...
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How do I add options to a built in function, which only apply to a certain class of argument?

I'd like to add an option to a built-in function that only applies when it is given an argument of a certain form. For example, something like this approach to extending ...
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Lines with label in Plot options syntax

I wrote a little function to add lines with labels to plots. It just creates customized {GridLines -> ..., Epilog -> ...} code: ...
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Alternatives to While Loops?

I am using Mathematica to run a probabilistic simulation. Essentially, I have a list of members of a population (they only have one, numerical, attribute, so it's just implemented as a list of ...
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Speed up Mathematica code involving Convolve

I'm trying to plot the averaged autocorrelation function of a random wire profile $\xi(x)$ which is build from unitsteps which are each L units long. To calculate the average I'm generating nMax ...
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What are some general strategies to avoid using For loops? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Iterating over lists in Mathematica While there are some cases where a For loop might be reasonable, it's a general mantra – one I ...
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Are these nested Tables necessary?

In exploring this fish population game with my calculus students, I wrote some Mathematica code to search for the sequence of catches that would result in the maximal total population of fish (both in ...
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Speeding up random walk for many particles

I am trying to speed up this code for many particles to take a random walk. I'm not sure why it is so slow for such a simple task. I got a few hints from colleagues to reduce the precision of the ...
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Are there advantages to using generalized Part extraction instead of specialized functions like First, Last?

There are many ways to extract different parts of lists in Mathematica. For example, the first part of a list v can be accessed either as ...
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Short syntax for accessing System`Utilities`HashTableAdd and System`Utilities`HashTableGet

I have a need for a struct analogue in Mathematica. After reading this post I came to the conclusion that System`Utilities`HashTable is one of the best options. But ...
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Can this code be written in a more functional style

Referencing this question, I wonder if the following code can be written more concisely using a functional style, i.e. without For loops or ...
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Are there advantages to using additional arguments of common functions rather than alternative ways of calculating with lists?

(Apologies for the long question title.) One of the interesting, if sometimes confusing, things about Mathematica is that there is always more than one way to do things. Even intermediate users can ...
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Alternative to overloading Set

In the ideas shared in my answer to this post Struct equivalent in Mathematica? at the end I propose a solution that changes the way Set works in a particular case that can be expressed in plain words ...
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With versus Function

I've seen people compare Block with Module and With as scoping constructs, and try to figure ...