Wolfram Workbench: Introducing the State of the Art for
November 13, 2006--Wolfram Research today announced the release of
Workbench, the state-of-the-art integrated development
that incorporates Mathematica technologies. Complementing
uniquely powerful, high-level programming language and world-renowned
features for computation, visualization, and modeling, Workbench is
for the development of large-scale technical solutions.
"Workbench has unlocked Mathematica's potential as the way
technical software," said Tom Wickham-Jones, director of kernel technology
and lead Workbench developer. "If you're working on technical
development, we've built the definitive system." Together,
Mathematica enable the creation of innovative technical
areas such as engineering, science, finance, and education.
Built on Eclipse, a leading IDE platform, Workbench makes it easy
Eclipse adopters to use Mathematica for their applications.
Mathematica-based developers gain access to state-of-the-art
tools, resulting in more efficient project construction and increased
"Mathematica is the only system capable of spanning the development
spectrum, from small to large projects," said Conrad Wolfram, director of
strategic marketing at Wolfram Research. "Workbench boosts
capability for more complex projects, taking technical development into
the twenty-first century, away from Fortran and its derivatives."
Key features in Workbench enable users to:
- Group files, code, and other Mathematica resources into a
- Perform source code editing with syntax highlighting, error reporting,
local variable coloring, and many more options
- Study code as it runs to easily detect and fix any problems
- Profile the code's execution and develop and run tests, with an array
of insightful reporting methods
- Manage multiple versions of files and access version histories
- Build and deploy Mathematica packages
Features that make Mathematica ideal for development include:
- Multi-paradigm programming that lets users program as they think, not
as the language dictates
- Short, readable code for faster, simpler implementation
- The world's most extensive computation library, with symbolic as well as
numerical and graphical functionality
- Built-in connectivity to other languages and extensions
- Cutting-edge deployment options
"Workbench has quickly become an indispensable tool we wouldn't
live without. We can now develop both Mathematica and Java code in
the same IDE and profit from the version control and build-management
infrastructure we have already established around Eclipse," said Sascha
Kratky of uni software plus, a developer of custom software solutions in
finance, engineering, and manufacturing.
Added Wolfram, "Mathematica has moved way beyond computer algebra
become the environment for technical software development."
Wolfram Workbench requires Mathematica 5.2 or higher and is
with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms. Workbench can also be
with gridMathematica, webMathematica, Mathematica
Personal Grid Edition,
Mathematica for the Classroom, and Mathematica for Students.
available free to all Wolfram Research Premier Service customers,
who can download it here.
Advanced training on Workbench is available from Wolfram Education
covering core Mathematica programming concepts, including source
code editing, debugging, profiling, and unit testing. A complete description of
the course, including registration information, is online.
More details are available at the Wolfram Workbench product website.