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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
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 9:53
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    Missing or incomplete documentation for certain features, e.g. Method options Commented May 26, 2014 at 11:48
  • 14
    No auto-completion for options when they are strings.
    – m_goldberg
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 12:21
  • 16
    Long lasting bugs. Commented May 26, 2014 at 17:20
  • 14
    The occasional surge in memory usage leading to a fully crippled system. Commented May 26, 2014 at 20:20
  • 13
    User-unfriendly way to specify Ticks and FrameTicks. Commented May 27, 2014 at 5:26
  • 3
    There are too many options with unintuitive default values.
    – Kuba Mod
    Commented May 28, 2014 at 11:56
  • 21
    The inabilty to shut a calculation down reliably. Abort evaluation just does not do the job.
    – bobbym
    Commented May 30, 2014 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? Commented Jun 6, 2014 at 7:27
  • It irritates me that pressing CTRL-C with nothing selected erases the clipboard. (Windows Mathematica 10.0.2). Commented Mar 10, 2015 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
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 0:40
  • 24
    I have written a package once or twice, but in general I stick to notebooks.
    – halirutan Mod
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 1:33
  • 19
    I write packages regularly.
    – halirutan Mod
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 1:34
  • 1
    1 package that I use everyday.
    – bobbym
    Commented May 30, 2014 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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    I always use the Mathematica front end.
    – halirutan Mod
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 0:16
  • 10
    I use the Wolfram Workbench for package development.
    – halirutan Mod
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 0:18
  • 7
    I use the Mathematica plugin for IntelliJ IDEA for package development.
    – halirutan Mod
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 0:19
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    I mostly use the Mathematica front end, but I occasionally sneak into a text-based code editor to do editing -- such as regex search and replace -- that is hard or impossible to do in the front end.
    – m_goldberg
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 1:16
  • 5
    I use the Wolfram Workbench as a plug-in to a later version of Eclipse .
    – Verbeia
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 2:31
  • 7
    I use a plain text editor (not a project-based IDE), such as Vim, SublimeText, Notepad++ etc.
    – Szabolcs
    Commented May 28, 2014 at 16:55
  • I use Wolfram Workbench only for package testing. Commented Mar 10, 2015 at 12:26
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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
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 1:48
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    I use Mac OS X as operating system.
    – halirutan Mod
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 1:48
  • 16
    I use Linux as operating system.
    – halirutan Mod
    Commented May 26, 2014 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.
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 16:29
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    For a job outside academia.
    – C. E.
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 16:29
  • 8
    As a university student.
    – C. E.
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 16:30
  • 23
    At home as a hobby.
    – C. E.
    Commented May 26, 2014 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 Commented May 26, 2014 at 20:41
  • 9
    I am the only user and I have to fight to prolong my Premier Service License Commented May 26, 2014 at 20:42
  • 13
    A couple of guys are using it, but it's mostly Matlab/Python/C++ etc. Commented May 26, 2014 at 20:45
  • 5
    Nobody is using it, except for me and I have a home use license. Commented May 26, 2014 at 20:46
  • 2
    A few people are using it now, but usage is growing across different areas.
    – Verbeia
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 22:47
  • 2
    If one would mention Mathematica to my coworkers, their response would be "Mathe-WHAT??"
    – VividD
    Commented May 27, 2014 at 7:17
  • 1
    We have a site license but I'm the only one whose job is based on working with MMA.
    – Kuba Mod
    Commented May 28, 2014 at 11:34
  • I am the only one developing in Mathematica, but there a several users of the resulting CDF files. Commented Mar 10, 2015 at 12:31
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What do you use Mathematica mostly for?

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    As a calculator. Commented May 27, 2014 at 0:02
  • 4
    High performance computing. Commented May 27, 2014 at 0:03
  • 21
    Symbolic math . Commented May 27, 2014 at 0:03
  • 7
    Image Processing & Analysis. Commented May 27, 2014 at 0:04
  • 35
    Data processing & visualisation. Commented May 27, 2014 at 5:47
  • 3
    Applications/games/GUIs, usually related to CDF format.
    – Kuba Mod
    Commented May 28, 2014 at 11:31
  • 3
    Monte Carlo simulation Commented May 28, 2014 at 17:00
  • 14
    Algorithm development & Prototyping Commented May 28, 2014 at 17:02
  • 3
    Visualizing various interesting geometrical structures and relationships
    – m_goldberg
    Commented May 28, 2014 at 21:00
  • 1
    Modeling the behavior of living organisms (biological simulation)
    – m_goldberg
    Commented May 28, 2014 at 21:02
  • 6
    Engineering R&D
    – Yves Klett
    Commented May 29, 2014 at 20:59
  • 1
    graphics and graphic design
    – cormullion
    Commented Jul 13, 2014 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
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 10:04
  • 4
    I have written my own style sheet
    – m_goldberg
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 10:04
  • 27
    I have neither modified nor written a style sheet
    – m_goldberg
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 10:05
  • I have modified the provided style sheets but only for very small changes like ShowGroupOpener->True Commented Mar 10, 2015 at 12:34

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