General guidelines and best practices for Mathematica usage and programming.

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How to compile effectively?

What are the best practices of compiling functions? I understand that this is a vague question, but let me list some aspects that might trigger useful answers. Some of these have already been answered ...
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Functions with Options

Suppose you want to create a function which has optional arguments. Maeder's book "Programming in Mathematica" covers the topic extensively up to version 3, but some things have changed/evolved since ...
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Resource management in Mathematica

I am using a library that has functions like createSomeObject[] and deleteSomeObject[obj]. It is an interface to a C language ...
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What are recommended guidelines for developing packages?

This might be of general interest – I have different questions regarding naming conventions, contexts, subcontexts, shadowing, etc., but I do feel that they are closely related, thus I don't really ...
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What are the most common (usual) ways to make palettes with non-trivial functionality?

What are the best (most robust and most convenient) ways to create palettes that can be installed permanently (using Palettes -> Install Palette...) and are safe ...
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Error checking and trapping techniques with Throw and Catch

Mathematica provides several mechanisms for checking arguments and trapping errors in a function definition. Typical methods are : Definitions with argument patterns, definitions with ...
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How to unload automatically loaded packages?

I know that this has been discussed here (How do I clear all user defined symbols?), but my case is somewhat different. How does one unload packages during runtime that were loaded with the start of ...
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Efficient backtracking with Mathematica

Backtracking is a general algorithm for finding all (or some) solutions to some computational problem, that incrementally builds candidates to the solutions, and abandons each partial candidate c ...
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Guidelines on giving readable names to variables [closed]

I know that one cannot use underscore to a variable name, like degree_of_The_First_Polynomial. But for a long variable name, it ...