
Re: Work on Basic Mathematica Stephen!
Posted:
May 15, 2013 2:53 AM


On 13/05/2013 08:48, Murray Eisenberg wrote:> Well put: "ephemera in ephemera out." > > As a possible, simpleminded explanation of what WRI is up to: surely they're faced at any given time with a given customer base. To gain new customers, they need to add new areas of applicability, whether through adding them directly to Mathematica or by creating new Mathematicabased products. > ................................
>> Mathematics and Mathematica are intrinsically difficult enough as it is. >> That makes it all the more important that WRI present users with a stable, >> robust, easy to use basic interface. WRI had not done the best job they >> could at this and not what one would expect for a relatively expensive >> product. >> >> >> David Park
I think there is a serious problem faced by many software developers who have a stable product evolved over many versions.
They simply have to go on innovating, even if the changes don't make a lot of sense  because otherwise, why should users pay for expensive upgrades?
Many people prefer earlier versions of Microsoft Office, and a great many people avoid Windows 8. I think there is a warning here for WRI.
I almost think there is a case for a cleanup version of Mathematica that sorts out a whole variety of irritations (everyone probably has a different list) such as:
1) No multilevel UNDO!
2) Glitches associated with the startup of Mathematica.
3) A review of the Dynamic system so as to make it really robust.
4) Not enough control of error messages (e.g. the cut off after 4 messages of a particular type).
etc.
Perhaps WRI should create that list of cleanup tasks by consulting its user base!
After the cleanup version, it might make sense to pause for a while, and just do bug fixes.
David Bailey http://www.dbaileyconsultancy.co.uk

