[seqfan] Re: Maple program
njasloane at gmail.com
Sun Oct 25 19:14:46 CET 2020
Concerning the discussion about different versions of software:
We hope the OEIS will be around for a very long time.
It is obvious that eventually all computer programs will stop working, so
it is important to try to make them as transparent as possible.
The goal should be something close to pseudo-code.
Likewise all links to web pages will stop working, which is why References
are at least as important as Links.
Take the long view.
( It is a pity we don't hear much about the Long Now Foundation these days.
Remember the movement to write dates with 5 digits for the years, as a
reminder to take the long view? Today is Oct 25 02020.)
Neil J. A. Sloane, President, OEIS Foundation.
11 South Adelaide Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904, USA.
Also Visiting Scientist, Math. Dept., Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ.
Phone: 732 828 6098; home page: http://NeilSloane.com
Email: njasloane at gmail.com
On Sun, Oct 25, 2020 at 12:24 PM Peter Luschny <peter.luschny at gmail.com>
> BMK> This raises a question that applies not only to Maple but other
> BMK> languages: which versions of the software should they work with?
> I don't think there is any point in stating this. You occasionally
> have to adjust some things by hand, like broken links, the toll
> of changes over time.
> Anything else would mean additional editing effort, which can
> hardly be done.
> Worse, it would unsettle users or even discourage them from
> submitting contributions.
> P.S. Notice that my code also runs correctly with the old
> version of 'numtheory'; substitute 'NumberTheory:-PrimeFactors'
> by 'numtheory:-factorset.'
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