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MathLink ® Paperback with CD-ROM: Network Programming with MATHEMATICA ®

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"This how-to book shows ways to use MathLink as a communication layer on top of Mathematica. The Programming style is object oriented...topics treated include building turtle graphics and cellular automata, creating event-driven mechanisms, interacting with graphical/geometric objects, and communicating between Mathematica sessions...The accompanying CD-ROM has the MathLink programs..." Choice

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This book introduces the basic concepts of MathLink and explains how to extend Mathematica using MathLink. MathLink provides a simple and powerful way to write programs which communicate with Mathematica and it provides access to a wide range of network resources. Writing network programs is the most demanded skill in the Internet age and MathLink provides a sophisticated level of network programming to the non-programmer, scientists, engineer, and student.Source code for a range of practical examples ranging from elementary to advanced is examined in detail, allowing the reader easily to adapt the code to suit their own practical needs. The purpose of this book is to show how to write MathLink programs and how to apply MathLink in a variety of situations.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521645980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521645980
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,376,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dr. Lee D. Carlson HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
For those who know Mathematica well, and who also want
to call Mathematica programs either remotely or from
programs not written in Mathematica, this book is the
canonical reference; in fact the only one that I am
aware of other than the documentation that comes with
Mathematica. The material in tbe book goes far beyond
what can be found in the documentation however. As the
authors observe, writing programs from scratch using
the TCP/IP protocol can be formidable, and so MathLink
was invented to ease the process for those who do not
want to become expert in TCP/IP. Readers will also
have to have a working knowledge of the C programming
The book covers the Windows. Macintosh, and
Unix platforms, with LINUX emphasized for the latter.
Since all three of these operating systems are covered
in the book, this makes navigation in it a little
annoying at times. It does expand on the actual
evaluation process when executing a Mathlink program,
and how Mathlink does type conversion. Latency issues
in the network will of course have to be dealt with in
using Mathlink. The authors devote a chapter of the
book in dealing with data transfer times across a
network. They are also wise enough to know that the
data transfer is best done with functions written in C
for situations that are time-intensive. Readers just
need to remember to call the Install function after
each change they make to the .c and .tm files, as this
fact is not emphasized by the authors.
A chapter is devoted to the debugging of
programs written in MathLink.
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Before this book was written Mathematica was the most comprehensive mathematical function simulator available for personal computers. I worked with it in the 90s to build blood analysis models. However, the true power of this tool was limited to internal simulations. This book releases the fantastic power of Mathematica in service to your own program designs. Many of the book's examples and program linkage tools are included on a complementary CD. Although specifically intended for Win 95 and NT, I was able to install and run the CodeWarriorLite application on my Win7-x64 computer and run it without difficulty.

By the way, the title is a misnomer. The reference to network programming in the title refers to connecting an outside control program to Mathematica across the network through the enabled library, there is no information about having Mathematica control network operations themselves.

The Mathematica developer link MDLK, found on the CD, is provided to make connections between your program and Mathematica. Several other support tools are provided for both Windows and Linux platforms.

The book is divided into 15 chapters that start with the introduction to the MDLK and it's networking connection to Mathematica. It then covers a slow process of building increasingly complex interactions with Mathematica. The program designs start with C language operations and work their way up to C++ and object oriented programming classes. The application program examples work their way up from plotting points, to full graphs, to picxel sets and finally to picture edge filtering. The knowledge building extends all the way to providing skills to run animations and movies in the Mathematica display.
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