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That may change, though. I’m sitting here, actually excited about the possibilities and potential of the Wolfram Language.
It is totally mind-blowing.
I am particularly interested in text and image processing. To date, I have been using Python for text processing because it is an easy, yet powerful, language to learn and use.
But processes and functions that would be fairly complex and time consuming to create in Python can be expressed in a single line of Wolfram Language code.
Likewise, I wouldn’t think of attempting image processing myself in Python – but in Wolfram, I can invoke very sophisticated image analysis processes in a single line.
It is unfortunate that the Amazon “See Inside” feature has not yet been implemented for this book because it would be immensely valuable to potential purchasers who know nothing of the Wolfram Language. In lieu of this, you might check the Wolfram Language website for the “Fast Introduction For Programmers”. This may seem a bit of a cop-out in a review of a book about the language, but this language is radically different than any language I’ve ever used and I needed an overview before I could really believe what I was seeing and reading.
The book itself is very clearly written with dozens, if not hundreds, of operations and functions described in one or two paragraphs, each containing examples.
I would not recommend skipping around in this book: start at the beginning and read it through to the end, working the examples (even for the parts that may not be of great interest to you) on Wolfram’s website. Wolfram Language is so powerful and so unique I really think you need to go for a complete overview in the beginning and then begin developing your specialized knowledge of the aspects that interest you.
The oddest thing I found in the book is that the locations where you can learn about and use the language are kept obscure. You’ll find the list under “Other Resources” on Page xv pf the Introduction.
People who have experienced Wolfram’s Mathematica may find many, most or all the concepts enumerated. I had no such familiarity and, frankly, am blown away by the elegant power of the Wolfram Language, which is clearly explained for beginners in this excellent book.
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