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Where can I find examples of good Mathematica programming practice?

I consider myself a pretty good Mathematica programmer, but I'm always looking out for ways to either improve my way of doing things in Mathematica, or to see if there's something nifty that I haven't ...
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Having used Mathematica as a “gateway” language, where to from here?

I have been using Mathematica for about a year. It is the first language that I have attempted to learn. I'm still very much a newbie, but there are moments I feel more like I am waving than drowning. ...
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What Mathematica book to buy?

I have used Mathematica for several years but at a pretty low level - piecing together built-in function inefficiently and fearing the sight of # and &'s when I see others use them (I never do). I ...
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How symbol lookup actually works

Bug introduced in V6 and fixed in V11.3 The behavior indeed changed but now the documentation is clear about it. This code is inconsistent with the description from Power Programming with ...
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How can one manually change the rule ordering

I have a function which has some general behavior, but that should act on some specific kinds of objects in some other way. I know that Mathematica is supposed to automatically order the rules so that ...
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Are you interested in a Wolfram Workbench Update? [closed]

I also posted this on the Wolfram Community site (link below) Last week I attended the Wolfram Tour (which was great). I asked whenever we could expect a new version of Workbench, as the current (...
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Mathematica as a normal programming language

I'm interested in Mathematica's core language for both practical development and as an object of computer science study. Actually, the former is more of a means to the latter. I would like to create ...
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What are all the “magic” Symbols in the Mathematica language?

Leonid Shifrin once wrote (excerpted): (Unevaluated) is one of a very few "magic symbols", along with Sequence and ...
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How to find the magnitude of a vector?

I'm doing this exercise in Wagner's book (p.78) , and this is my attempt: ...
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Mathematica for Computer Scientists

Background I've coded in C/Scheme for 10 years. I have a BS CS. I've recently become very interested in pattern-matching (lisp's match macro), and term rewriting systems, which brought me to ...
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Unexpected behavior of Unevaluated

This question of mine got a bit ruined by the fact that I got a bit confused. I hope this separate question will take away this confusion. My confusion was that I found it strange that we have, for <...
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Is there a free version of the Springer book “Mathematical Statistics with Mathematica”?

Is there a free version of the Springer book: $$\text{Mathematical Statistics with Mathematica}$$ by Rose and Smith ... available on the internet?
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Selective thinning of string elements in nested lists

I have a nested list similar to this example list (but much bigger and more messy): ...
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Search the neighborhood area along a line in an image

I am trying to search for the black areas along a line (the horizontal line shown below). Though it is straight in this picture, it could be of irregular shape in other cases. It seems that the ...
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Cases with Alternatives failed

Consider this list of rules rules = {a -> 1, b -> 2, c -> 3} I'd like to fish some of the rules out of such a list using ...

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