Questions about contexts, which are used in Mathematica to organize defined symbols and avoid conflict between symbols that would otherwise have the same name. They are created when packages are loaded.

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For any symbol, how can I get the full context-qualified name of the symbol as a string?

I'd like to have a function, whether built-in or not, that when given a symbol, whether bound to a value or not, returns a string giving the context and name of the symbol. Example: ...
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How to define UpValues in a different context from within a package

I'm trying to create a function (in a package) to import a lot of data and create a symbol with UpValues to return specific results about the data. I've got it working fine in a regular notebook, but ...
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How to find full names of all packages already on the $Path?

I'll show one specific example of what I am trying to do, I think it will explain things. On the default $Path there exist (in version 8) the following 4 packages ...
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automatically add Global` to $ContextPath for all notebooks when using CellContext->Notebook

I have some definitions in my init.m. E.g. my init.m contains this: ...
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Setting the context automatically based on section

Suppose I have a task that keeps things organized using contexts, so: ...
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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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Scope within Context

To define some package-wide functions/variables, what approach is recommended? I tried to use contexts with the Begin function, but this failed: ...
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How to properly handle mutual imports of multiple packages?

I'm new to the mathematica platform and I am developing a simulation framework as my first exercise and have been tearing my hair figuring how to make packages interact with each other. Ill explain a ...
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What is the best way for an application to provide customisation options for the user?

Suppose that an application needs to be configured specifically for a user's system. e.g. the application needs to be told the location of certain data directories. What is the best way to provide ...
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Globally loading packages while using a CellGroup as the default context

I have a notebook I wish to set up where the sections are conceptually related to each other. But, I wish to isolate them from each other programmatically, so that they do not interfere with one ...
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How do I create and use Mathematica packages?

I have created a package following the tutorial in Mathematica 8 virtual book. However this tutorial is quite, let's call it, "short". I have a TestPackage.m file: ...
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Delete contexts from a string representation of a symbol

I want to delete the string representing the context of a symbol. For info I need such a functionality in my ShowIt function defined here I'd like to know how I ...
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How to abbreviate context names?

It's convenient to abbreviate often-used function names, eg Dim = Dimension. Is it possible to abbreviate long context symbols, e.g. Combinatorica when the context ...
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Local variables in Module leak into the Global context

From the Mathematica documentation on Module: Module allows you to set up local variables with names that are local to the module. But after using ...
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How to load a package without naming conflicts?

This question applies to any package, but I encountered this problem while working with graphs. There are symbols in the Combinatorica package (such as ...
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Functions in a different context are replaced with infix forms of their namesake in System`

So, in an attempt to help out Fabian with his question, I did what I often do, and created a new symbol in the Pillsy` package that I could play with. Since it was ...
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Why are some function names red?

I need to evaluate Needs["GraphUtilities`"] before I can use functions such as GraphPath[]. When I do so, some functions get ...
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Organizing similar datasets using Contexts or otherwise

I often import several long time series to analyze something about a city. When I have multiple cities, I use contexts. As a simple example, ...
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What is the most convenient way to read definitions of in-memory symbols when we don't have the source files? (Spelunking tools)

Note: I put Simon's implementation on GitHub. Contributions welcome! When trying to read the definition of already defined (package or built-in) symbols using ...
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Future-proofing access to packed array tools

Most of the Mathematica users beyond beginner level will be aware of the phenomenon of Packed Arrays. The user-accessible functions related to packed arrays live in the ...
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Is it possible to use Begin and End inside a Manipulate?

May be someone can explain why I can't use Begin["context`"] and End[] inside a Manipulate ...
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How can you give a Module a context and have its local variables and Modules belong to that context?

What would be the best way to give a module its own context and have its local variables and Modules belong to that context?
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Context unique to each group at a specified level

Are there any new tools in v10 that might be applicable to this problem? Recent versions of Mathematica provide the option of having a unique $Context for each ...
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Strategies for avoiding and handling shadowing

When dealing with namespaces in Mathematica (BeginPackage, $ContextPath ...) one is unavoidably confronted with the problem of ...