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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 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
  • 16
    Long lasting bugs. May 26 '14 at 17:20
  • 14
    The occasional surge in memory usage leading to a fully crippled system. May 26 '14 at 20:20
  • 13
    User-unfriendly way to specify Ticks and FrameTicks. May 27 '14 at 5:26
  • 3
    There are too many options with unintuitive default values.
    – Kuba Mod
    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
  • 4
    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? Jun 6 '14 at 7:27
  • It irritates me that pressing CTRL-C with nothing selected erases the clipboard. (Windows Mathematica 10.0.2). 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 Mod
    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 Mod
    May 26 '14 at 1:33
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    I write packages regularly.
    – halirutan Mod
    May 26 '14 at 1:34
  • 1
    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 Mod
    May 26 '14 at 1:48
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    I use Mac OS X as operating system.
    – halirutan Mod
    May 26 '14 at 1:48
  • 16
    I use Linux as operating system.
    – halirutan Mod
    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
  • 8
    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 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 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. May 26 '14 at 20:45
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    Nobody is using it, except for me and I have a home use license. May 26 '14 at 20:46
  • 2
    A few people are using it now, but usage is growing across different areas.
    – Verbeia
    May 26 '14 at 22:47
  • 2
    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 Mod
    May 28 '14 at 11:34
  • I am the only one developing in Mathematica, but there a several users of the resulting CDF files. Mar 10 '15 at 12:31
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What do you use Mathematica mostly for?

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    As a calculator. May 27 '14 at 0:02
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    High performance computing. May 27 '14 at 0:03
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    Symbolic math . May 27 '14 at 0:03
  • 7
    Image Processing & Analysis. May 27 '14 at 0:04
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    Data processing & visualisation. May 27 '14 at 5:47
  • 3
    Applications/games/GUIs, usually related to CDF format.
    – Kuba Mod
    May 28 '14 at 11:31
  • 3
    Monte Carlo simulation May 28 '14 at 17:00
  • 14
    Algorithm development & Prototyping May 28 '14 at 17:02
  • 3
    Visualizing various interesting geometrical structures and relationships
    – m_goldberg
    May 28 '14 at 21:00
  • 1
    Modeling the behavior of living organisms (biological simulation)
    – m_goldberg
    May 28 '14 at 21:02
  • 6
    Engineering R&D
    – Yves Klett
    May 29 '14 at 20:59
  • 1
    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 Mar 10 '15 at 12:34

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