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O’Reilly Creating a Web Version of Mathematica

According to this press release, O’Reilly is partnering with Wolfram Research to create a Web 2.0 version of Mathematica that will “be browser accessible and, utilizing AJAX technologies, will emulate the desktop version of the software with remarkable fidelity”.¬† I’ll be very interested to see how they handle equations (MathML isn’t well supported) and grahpics (IE7 doesn’t do SVG, so what, Flash? Silverlight?).

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Written by Greg Wilson

2008/02/20 at 12:04

Posted in Noticed

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  1. Isn’t this a bit odd for O’Reilly? Why not support the SAGE project?

    Matt

    2008/02/20 at 14:03

  2. If they were using flash or silverlight they wouldn’t have any need for ajax.

    What would be great would be if they developed an API like Google Charts http://code.google.com/apis/chart/ where they could do an ajax request for some type of mathematical function or graph and get the result back as a generated image. It would be great because they might one day open it for external developers to play with. (Whereas a flash or silverlight solution isn’t interoperable with anything else.)

    Guillaume Theoret

    2008/02/20 at 14:22

  3. For the shrinking number of users of IE: there are many ways of making it do SVG

    btw, Silverlight and Flash are vendor lock-in, worse than IE itself

    I welcome Mathematica to the big list of important SVG applications: http://svg.startpagina.nl

    stelt

    2008/02/20 at 18:33

  4. Matt already mentioned SAGE, check out https://www.sagenb.org/ : that’s a web 2.0 Mathematica-like environment open-source and free to use (that means you get server time) using Python as a language. Neat!

    Gael Varoquaux

    2008/02/21 at 04:50


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