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Topic: Mathematica vs. Maple
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John Kot

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Re: Mathematica vs. Maple
Posted: Jun 14, 1996 2:43 AM
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Stu Schaffner (sch@mitre.org) wrote:
: [snip]...
: I use Mathematica, am pleased with it, and have never had a chance to
: use Maple. One of the more interesting aspects of Mathematica is its
: underlying functional programming language. I never hear anyone
: compare the base languages of these systems. In Maple, can you manipulate
: patterns, rules, and lambda expressions, or are you stuck with loops
: and if-then-else?

I think this a very good point. I have used Maple a little, and
dabbled with Reduce. In Reduce, I found it very nice to program in a
mixture of procedures and LET rules. My impression is that in Maple
you are limited to a procedural programming style, whereas Mathematica
appears to have procedural, rule-based, and functional programming
styles as options. I would really appreciate some knowledgable
comment on this point, as it would seem to be a big limitation in
Maple, which otherwise I really like, esp. for its open library which
lets you view and modify the source of much of the stuff you use.

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