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If you are active in this community, it may be presumed you love Mathematica. But even so there are bound to be some features that irritate you. What are they?

If you don't see something that irritates you on the list, please feel free to add it.

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    The front end's so-called undo feature – m_goldberg May 26 '14 at 9:53
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    Missing or incomplete documentation for certain features, e.g. Method options – Simon Woods May 26 '14 at 11:48
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    No auto-completion for options when they are strings. – m_goldberg May 26 '14 at 12:21
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    Long lasting bugs. – xslittlegrass May 26 '14 at 17:20
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    The occasional surge in memory usage leading to a fully crippled system. – Sjoerd C. de Vries May 26 '14 at 20:20
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    User-unfriendly way to specify Ticks and FrameTicks. – Alexey Popkov May 27 '14 at 5:26
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    There are too many options with unintuitive default values. – Kuba May 28 '14 at 11:56
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    The inabilty to shut a calculation down reliably. Abort evaluation just does not do the job. – bobbym May 30 '14 at 18:41
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    That pressing Ctrl+S in a notebook with large output (e.g. videos, lots of images) will hang for several minutes, than crash, and I'll have lost both my unsaved work and the previously saved version. Couldn't MMA save the output cells to a separate file? Or at least back up the original file before overwriting it? – Niki Estner Jun 6 '14 at 7:27
  • It irritates me that pressing CTRL-C with nothing selected erases the clipboard. (Windows Mathematica 10.0.2). – Gustavo Delfino Mar 10 '15 at 12:22
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The Mathematica way of distributing code are notebooks and packages. While notebooks are often used for everyday work, prototyping and testing, packages are more for distributing/storing functions so that they can easily be loaded for later use. How often do you write packages?

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    I never wrote a package by myself. I only use notebooks for my work. – halirutan May 26 '14 at 0:40
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    I have written a package once or twice, but in general I stick to notebooks. – halirutan May 26 '14 at 1:33
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    I write packages regularly. – halirutan May 26 '14 at 1:34
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    1 package that I use everyday. – bobbym May 30 '14 at 18:35
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Do you use any other editor or IDE other than the Mathematica front end to write code, especially for package development?

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Today, Mathematica is available for the three big operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. On which operating system do you use Mathematica?

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    I use Windows as operating system. – halirutan May 26 '14 at 1:48
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    I use Mac OS X as operating system. – halirutan May 26 '14 at 1:48
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    I use Linux as operating system. – halirutan May 26 '14 at 1:48
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In what setting do you primarily use Mathematica?

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    As a researcher in academia. – C. E. May 26 '14 at 16:29
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    For a job outside academia. – C. E. May 26 '14 at 16:29
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    As a university student. – C. E. May 26 '14 at 16:30
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    At home as a hobby. – C. E. May 26 '14 at 16:30
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How would you describe Mathematica usage in your working environment?

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    We have a site license and everybody is using it – Sjoerd C. de Vries May 26 '14 at 20:41
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    I am the only user and I have to fight to prolong my Premier Service License – Sjoerd C. de Vries May 26 '14 at 20:42
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    A couple of guys are using it, but it's mostly Matlab/Python/C++ etc. – Sjoerd C. de Vries May 26 '14 at 20:45
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    Nobody is using it, except for me and I have a home use license. – Sjoerd C. de Vries May 26 '14 at 20:46
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    A few people are using it now, but usage is growing across different areas. – Verbeia May 26 '14 at 22:47
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    If one would mention Mathematica to my coworkers, their response would be "Mathe-WHAT??" – VividD May 27 '14 at 7:17
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    We have a site license but I'm the only one whose job is based on working with MMA. – Kuba May 28 '14 at 11:34
  • I am the only one developing in Mathematica, but there a several users of the resulting CDF files. – Gustavo Delfino Mar 10 '15 at 12:31
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What do you use Mathematica mostly for?

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    As a calculator. – xslittlegrass May 27 '14 at 0:02
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    High performance computing. – xslittlegrass May 27 '14 at 0:03
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    Symbolic math . – xslittlegrass May 27 '14 at 0:03
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    Image Processing & Analysis. – xslittlegrass May 27 '14 at 0:04
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    Data processing & visualisation. – Sjoerd C. de Vries May 27 '14 at 5:47
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    Applications/games/GUIs, usually related to CDF format. – Kuba May 28 '14 at 11:31
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    Monte Carlo simulation – Sjoerd C. de Vries May 28 '14 at 17:00
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    Algorithm development & Prototyping – Sjoerd C. de Vries May 28 '14 at 17:02
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    Visualizing various interesting geometrical structures and relationships – m_goldberg May 28 '14 at 21:00
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    Modeling the behavior of living organisms (biological simulation) – m_goldberg May 28 '14 at 21:02
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    Engineering R&D – Yves Klett May 29 '14 at 20:59
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    graphics and graphic design – cormullion Jul 13 '14 at 8:17
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Have you ever modified a Wolfram Research provided style sheet or written your own front end style sheet.

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    I have modified a Wolfram Research provided style sheet – m_goldberg May 26 '14 at 10:04
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    I have written my own style sheet – m_goldberg May 26 '14 at 10:04
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    I have neither modified nor written a style sheet – m_goldberg May 26 '14 at 10:05
  • I have modified the provided style sheets but only for very small changes like ShowGroupOpener->True – Gustavo Delfino Mar 10 '15 at 12:34

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