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Creating Mathematica packages

I'm building a package to help me write packages and their documentation. In this post I explained how to make a package and its documentation. In the answer I provided I describe how to build a very ...
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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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How to distribute proprietary Mathematica code

If I want to make package-code completely unreadable, in a way that the end-user can only call my functions, but has no way to re-engineer my definitions, how would I do that? I know I can use ...
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Automatically load packages at startup

I'm a physics student and I try to simplify my day with Mathematica. Every time I use Mathematica I need Div[], Grad[], ...
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How to program a F::argx message?

How useful is it to program a user-built function in a package to produce a red warning message F::argx if you give the wrong number of arguments to that function? ...
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Differential geometry add-ons for Mathematica

I need a differential geometry tool for Mathematica. Is there any add-on? Unfortunately, Mathematica does not include such functionality or I can not find it.
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Recommended settings for git when using with Mathematica projects?

Background I'm relatively new to git — currently overseeing an offshore .NET-based development project on GitHub within a private business account, but little experience beyond that. I'd like to set ...
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How to work with Application Project files in Wolfram Workbench?

I have figured out that in a basic project I simply have to call the main package (m file) from the notebook using <<nameofmfile` and then the notebook ...
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What is the proper method to load a Mathematica package inside a DynamicModule

I have a DynamicModule that requires loading of Mathematica packages. The usual methods do not seem to apply (...
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Two x-axis with different units connected by function using CustomTicks

I am trying to make a plot of some photoluminescence data, where wavelength is on the x-axis, and intensity is on the y-axis. Also, I would like to have the graph boxed, with the upper x-axis having ...
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How can I return private members of a Mathematica package as the output of package functions without the “PackageName`Private`” prefix?

I have created a Mathematica package that manipulates various types of input physics data into a common form of output data for further analysis. To make this process more efficient and manageable, I ...
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How to execute a function in the package from java?

I use Wolfram Workbench 2.0. I can get a KernelLink object and evaluate some simple expressions like "2+2". But I don't know how to export a package and execute ...
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Custom package development: Basic steps [duplicate]

Every once in a while, I write a generic function that I use quite often for months to come. However, package development in Mathematica is not very well documented from what I can tell, and I was not ...
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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's the difference between these two ways of specifying dependent packages?

What's the difference between these two ways of specifying dependent packages? Method 1: BeginPackage["foo`bar`", {"xxx`", "yyy`"}] Method 2: ...
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Defining functions in stylesheets

Is there a way to define functions in a stylesheet? So far I have managed to write my stylesheets without the need to use my own custom functions or definitions. For instance, maybe I have some color ...
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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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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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Numerical integration of a numeric data available as a nested list

I have some numerical data in the form of a list with the following structure: {...{x,y,z},...} defining a surface z=z(x,y) in a 3D space (x,y,z). The data came from a simulation, and I am ...
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In 10.1.0 BenchmarkPlot doesn't work?

In Mathematica 10.1.0 BenchmarkPlot from the GeneralUtilities package doesn't work; copying Taliesin Beynon's initial use of the function on this site: ...
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Result about Context is inconsistent with the description of “Power Programming with Mathematica”

x = 5; temp`x = 6; Begin["temp`"] {x, Global`x, temp`x} The result in my Mathematica session is {5,5,6}, but it's ...
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Summa package problem

I need to use the features of the Summa package but it doesn't work in Mathematica 9. It gives the error Cannot open Utilities`FilterOptions` My question is: ...
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What is a “Paclet”?

I often see references to "paclets", for example the PacletManager` context, the PacletInfo.m file in some packages and next to ...
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How safe is Encode?

How safe is an encoded package (using locked, etc)? If I don't specify a personal key, I understand that the encoding key must be somewhere in the Mathematica program itself, and so it is not a ...
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Plotting ErrorBars with a different style

I would like to plot the error bars of ErrorListPlot with a different style than the points. I know of ErrorBarFunction, but ...
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user defined functions, how to save them for future use?

I need certain user defined functions over and over. I was wondering how can I define and where and how to save them such that each time I start a notebook, these functions are available and need not ...
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Can Wolfram's Player Pro use proprietary packages?

A few entwined/related questions: Can Wolfram's Player Pro use proprietary packages? I have searched Wolfram's site pages on Player Pro and don't see anything that provides a clear answer to this ...
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Preserving indentation when creating a new line (when editing in a package)

Background: This is the third question in a row of questions about how to make editing packages in the front-end much more bearable (the other two are here and here). It seems that the front end is ...
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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 ...
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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 a package from an existing notebook?

I have a notebook containing some functions, for example: f[x_] := 2*x g[x_] := x^2 Now I would like to convert this notebook to a package, ...
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Automated testing for compatibility with older Mathematica versions

I have several packages which I actively develop and maintain. I try to stay up to date with new releases of Mathematica and usually update within a couple of months of a new version coming out. As a ...
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When to use Get vs Needs

When should I use << vs Needs? I just always use Needs as ...
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How to unprotect GeneratingFunction

I'm trying to add custom downvalues for GeneratingFunction, and to do so I thought I just had to Unprotect it. However, that ...
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Generate a Random Polygon

Does some package exist with a function that takes a parameter $n$ and generates a random 2D $n$-sided simple polygon (convex or non-convex), possibly within a certain bounding box? It does not ...
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Installing CRAN Packages

When I install RLink: Needs["RLink`"] InstallR[] then evaluate the command ...
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How do I compute sidereal time and JD?

There was once a package that provided a wide range of functions for computing astronomical information. This package now appears to be out of date; but as near as I can tell, many of the useful ...
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Listing the functions defined in a package

Assume that I know a package's (Context?) name that is loaded. Now I want to list the functions defined in this package. How can I do it? I remember that I found a way once, but I cannot re-find it. ...
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Creating a R DataFrame like construct in Mathematica

I kept getting my data mixed up so I decided to see if I could construct a package adding a R DataFrame like construct to Mathematica. I managed to cobble something together that sort of works, but ...
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FiniteFields package is very slow. Any fast substitute for Mathematica?

I want to compute the inverse of matrix, say with dimensions $100 \times 100$, defined over a large finite field extension such as $GF(2^{120})$. I am using the package FiniteFields, but Mathematica's ...
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Problem with PlayerPro recognizing a proprietary package

This question follows on from my earlier question Can Wolfram's Player Pro Use Proprietary Packages. That question appeared to have established that, yes, PlayerPro can use proprietary packages. ...
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Mathematica “prelude”

Is there any way to have the functions from a mathematica file be loaded on startup? For example, in this excellent answer, Jens helps me out and gives me some functions for creating legends for ...
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How to provide your own example data for a custom package?

A nice feature of the mathematica documentation is the copious use of ExampleData in illustrating functionality. I would like to provide some example data for a ...
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Command line execution of Mathematica notebooks and conversion to .m

Sometimes one may want to execute a notebook via the command line (for example to run it remotely). As far as I know it's not possible to run notebooks directly, but ...
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Run encoded package code through .NET/Link?

An earlier question of mine, Prevent package from being opened in a notebook interface, never received an answer, but Albert Retey's comments did lead me to an entirely different solution. To secure ...
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Naming conflicts with Dummy variables in several packages conflicts

I'm using several packages in a notebook. In each packages there is functions defined with dummy variables. When I load the several packages in my session, i've got a warning message: ...
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Simplifying the trace of a matrix expression

I have a long expression involving matrices that I derived using the NCAlgebra package. Can I simplify the trace of the expression? For example, say b is a scalar ...
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Why is JLink loaded every time I start Mathematica?

When I start a Mathematica 8 session (either command line or with the notebook front end), I notice that there are several packages that have already been loaded for me (using ...
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Package relative file path specification

I have some packages inside a folder (named Packs) that is in the same file level of some executed package. ...
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How to load a custom mathematica package from a .m file?

I would like to load the package groebner50.m which is available through the website of David A. Cox. It's supposed to contain some useful tools for commutative algebra, but I haven't been able to get ...