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By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2005-07-18 Print this article Print

Evaluation Shortlist Wolfram Researchs Mathematica 5.1 Unsurpassed in mathematical capability and in its integration of computation and documentation aids on the same three platforms as Maple, but it poses a higher initial learning challenge than Maple and puts less emphasis on interactive convenience (

The MathWorks Inc.s Matlab Has arguably supplanted FORTRAN as the lingua franca of multiplatform technical computation, especially when augmented by its tool kits for many specialized domains, but its more of a programming environment than an interactive document authoring tool (

Mathsoft Engineering & Educations Mathcad 12 A superbly interactive whiteboard-style environment for calculation and documentation, with unique enterprise-oriented tools for calculation management, but it is only offered as a Windows 2000-or-later .Net application (

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Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developersÔÇÖ technical requirements on the companyÔÇÖs evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter companyÔÇÖs first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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