On 28/05/2013 08:46, fd wrote:> All, > > This is a very interesting debate. I wrote a longer answer with some experiences I had while mentoring a colleague into Mathematica, but apparently google groups lost it. > > The core point I'd like to make is that the greatest things about Mathematica are, in my opinion, its language and its principles. I think Mathematica structure is far truer to mathematics than other languages. The missing bit for me is deployability; Mathematica would be more useful to me in my work if its deployment aspect worked more like a true programming language, like java applets or iPad apps, without restrictions to import user data and so on, which is a similar point others have already made in this thread. > > Best > > I am wondering in what way you think Mathematica restricts your ability to import user data! I would say there are a lot of options, and the link to Java also gives you access to all of Java's I/O if necessary.