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AJAX Version of Mathematica Coming 75

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the this-is-not-mathematics-this-is-theology dept.
stoolpigeon writes "The O'Reilly School of Technology is teaming up with Wolfram Research to provide on-line math courses using an AJAX version of Mathematica. O'Reilly has posted an and interview with Scott Gray, the director of OST, that has more details on the program (named Hilbert after David Hilbert) itself as well as the classes they will be offering."
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AJAX Version of Mathematica Coming

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  • by milsoRgen (1016505) on Wednesday February 20, 2008 @04:47PM (#22493376) Homepage
    I for one haven't heard the term, "AJAX", nearly enough.
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by turgid (580780)

      Open fire! All weapons. Send out rocket AJAX to bring back his body.

    • by finiteSet (834891)

      I for one haven't heard the term, "AJAX", nearly enough.
      Well, that's because AJAX is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sautee it. There's, um, AJAX kebabs, AJAX creole, AJAX gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir fried. There's pineapple AJAX and lemon AJAX, coconut AJAX, pepper AJAX, AJAX soup, AJAX stew, AJAX salad, AJAX and potatoes, AJAX burger, AJAX sandwich... That's, that's about it.
  • Awesome (Score:5, Insightful)

    by riceboy50 (631755) on Wednesday February 20, 2008 @04:48PM (#22493378)
    Now kids will only need to bring their iPhones to class instead of a calculator!
  • by k2enemy (555744) on Wednesday February 20, 2008 @04:50PM (#22493412)
    Sage [sagemath.org] also has an AJAX interface [flickr.com].

    I've been making an effort to use Sage in place of Mathematica lately and so far I'm impressed. Although, right now I prefer using the CLI rather than the web interface.
    • by Garridan (597129) on Wednesday February 20, 2008 @05:38PM (#22494118)
      Actually, it's an AJ interface. Nobody actually uses XML. I think it's great -- of course, I'm one of the primary developers, so I've made it work pretty much how I like it. There are still some issues with it, but it's well over a year old, and pretty stable at this point. During the joint AMA/AMS meeting in San Diego, Eric Wesstein came up to the Sage booth, and said that he'd copied a bunch of stuff from Sage when he was working on the Combinatorica package. Now, it looks like they've copied a bunch of my ideas, too!

      I think this is a beautiful thing. When William Stein started Sage, he wanted to beat Magma. Soon thereafter, he decided that he'd need to catch up to Mathematica. Now, less than 3 years later, they're racing to catch up to us...
      • by Digana (1018720)
        Wait, what do you mean "copy"? SAGE is GPL! Oh, dear, will Mathematica have to open up something? Say it is so!
  • Hmm... (Score:1, Offtopic)

    by Oxy the moron (770724)

    I love AJAX. Seriously, I think it's great stuff, and it's fun to program. But why do some projects have this overwhelming desire to tout AJAX as the "ZOMG IT MAKE OUR PRODUCT ELEVENTY BILLION TIMES BETTER!!" tag with items like this?

    What are the other improvements coming about with Mathematica? What about bugfixes? Wouldn't those be more important than "Oooooh, look, the page is more responsive now!"

  • by wattrlz (1162603) on Wednesday February 20, 2008 @04:54PM (#22493454)
    I was just worrying about how to solve the problem of campus networks not having enough http traffic these days.
    • Well, considering that port 80 is just about the only damn thing that isn't filtered and shaped to hell and back these days by the major telcos...
    • by themacks (1197889)
      They would probably put a server (or cluster) on campus. Schools would probably even pay for this as it saves on bandwidth and mathmatica licenses.
  • A group of computational mathematicians have named something after Hilbert? Shocking and newsworthy! Now, I'm off to take an erdos--it's gauss o'clock already, and I'm still wearing my eulers.
  • Next year the Nation Mathlete Champions can say Ajax was here!!!
  • by kabloom (755503) on Wednesday February 20, 2008 @05:31PM (#22494018) Homepage
    I thought Godel proved that the Hilbert Program was impossible. Now they want to write it in AJAX?
  • Would be definitely cool, both for server-client communication and display.
  • SageMath (Score:5, Informative)

    by pablodiazgutierrez (756813) on Wednesday February 20, 2008 @05:56PM (#22494452) Homepage
    The open source mathematic software compendium Sage already has something similar that you can test right away in SageNB [sagenb.org]. Interestingly, one of the possible backends is Mathematica.
  • Parody (Score:5, Funny)

    by locokamil (850008) on Wednesday February 20, 2008 @06:54PM (#22495344) Homepage
    The marketing meeting parody almost writes itself: "Guys, how can we possibly make our slow, bloated software even slower and even more bloated while making it buzzword-compliant?"
    • by Eskarel (565631)
      AJAX isn't as quick as a native front end, but an AJAX front end onto a massive backend would, in this case at least, be a lot faster than a native front end onto your home PC.
  • Axiom and maxima both work fine for me. Admittedly, I don't use them for much more than the occasional nasty integral.

    Wolfram is evil. I once bought a copy of the mac version of Mathematica from them, to run on MacOS 6, IIRC. When I upgraded to MacOS 7, it stopped working. Called Wolfram, they said I should pay for a new version of Mathematica.

  • Too bad for those who must, by some reason, use Mathematica... It is probably the biggest mystery of a software of all times, for instance, the code syntax used are unique to Mathematica and a complete mess, it doesn't make sense at all and reminds me of no other language. Wolfram Is also the evil empire I have heard, treating their customers incredibly inappropriate. I used Mathematica for a project... I ended up wanted to smash my keyboard mainy due to the idiotic-style coding and the general moron-behavi
  • There are easier to develop and maintain environements out there than multi-language ones. Believe me, I've going through the grief. This is a rapidly evolving field.
  • Am I the only one who recalls the unethical crap we all had to put up with from Wolfram publishing?

    1. I buy their software, and pay for overnight S/H. I get it, and it needs to be activated - not by web, but by a human on the phone - before it can be used. This takes 2 weeks due to some overseas holiday I've never heard of.

    2. I set up a web site complaining, and they send phony DMCA take-down notices, saying that I'm distributing pirated versions of their software.

    3. Wolfram has been proven to have sent man

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