What other Wolfram Research products are relevant to the scope of this site? Can we talk about Workbench issues - quite closely related to Mathematica, or something like the Wolfram Alpha API - less so. Where do we draw the line? (Or is it safe to ask about all WRI products?)
My take on this is that the site should:
- exclude Wolfram|Alpha the web site, the Wolfram|Alpha API and the Wolfram|Alpha apps on iOS and Android, but
- include Mathematica, [added] gridMathematica, Wolfram Workbench, Player Pro, CDF format and the CDF Player, and
- include questions about using the
WolframAlphafunctionality inside Mathematica
I think webMathematica should also be excluded, except where the questions relate to Mathematica-specific functionality in that product.
If this is a request for opinions, I can offer mine. I would prefer we restrict this to mathematica (and the workbench as an IDE that supports it). Wolfram Alpha questions that relate to interfacing mathematica to it would also be perfectly fine.
I am, however, not much in favour of answers like "ask Wolfram Alpha", even if they really do answer the question (and are clearly made in a constructive spirit) like here. Note that I have absolutely nothing against the person answering or the method he proposes, however, I believe this is not a good direction to go towards if we want to discuss mathematica. It's like asking "how do I do this integral numerically in mathematica" and being told "the answer is on page X of Gradshteyn and Ryzhik" (I appreciate that others may think this is a perfectly valid answer, but I do not).
I have not thought much as to whether it would make sense to include other Wolfram products (questions on interfacing them to or driving them from mathematica clearly should be allowed, though).
I must admit that I suspect I am in a minority here, but that is my opinion.
I vote yes.
Any Wolfram product that uses Mathematica (which is basically all of them) should be fair game.
Actually, questions about any product that uses Mathematica should be allowed. Provided the question is focused on a Mathematica aspect of that product or is directly useful to Mathematica users (such as questions about how to use Workbench).
Folks have obviously mentioned the
WolframAlpha command in Mathematica. But a full understanding of the
WolframAlpha command requires knowledge of the W|A API used by both the website and Mathematica. What, for example, are pods and how do you extract the results of a specific pod? Likewise, use of the website is becoming more closely linked to Mathematica. Note the CDF button in the upper right corner of the website, for example. Enabling this, causes the website output to be rendered in CDF using Mathematica or CDF Player.
Looking back, I remember when the
*Data functions arrived in V6 from 2006. I liked them right away, but they seemed absurdly broad at the time. In hindsight, it seems clear that this was just a step towards making data easily available for Wolfram|Alpha. Thus, the fact is, these products really are strongly linked.