March 25, 2016 — Wolfram Blog Team
Mark your calendars now for the 2016 Wolfram Technology Conference! Join us October 18–21 at Wolfram headquarters in Champaign, Illinois, where we’ll be getting things off to an exciting start with a keynote address by Wolfram founder and CEO Stephen Wolfram on Tuesday, October 18 at 5pm.
Our conference gives developers and colleagues a rare opportunity for face-to-face discussion of the latest developments and features for cloud computing, interactive deployment, mobile devices, and more. Arrive early for pre-conference training opportunities, and come ready to participate in hands-on workshops, nonstop networking opportunities, and the Wolfram Language One-Liner Competition, just to name a few activities.
We are also looking for users to share their own stories and interests! Submit your presentation proposal by July 15 for full consideration. Last year’s lineup included everything from political data science to winning hackathon solutions to programming in the Wolfram Cloud… and literally almost everything in between. Review a sampling of the 2015 talks below, or visit our website for more.
Commanding the Wolfram Cloud—Todd Gayley
February 15, 2016 — Andrew de Laix, Wolfram Technologies Development Manager, Special Projects
If you have recently visited Mathematica Online, the cloud version of our flagship software, you may have noticed something missing. That’s right—we dropped the “BETA” tag, and I am pleased to announce that we have a product we can proudly call release ready. It has been a long road from when we debuted the Wolfram Cloud to where we are today; we have made some really great progress toward bringing to the cloud the kind of experience you are used to on the desktop—and enabling you to seamlessly work and share documents across your desktop, laptop, and mobile devices.
One of the benefits of developing software in the cloud is the ability to constantly make updates and improvements, and every couple of weeks we have been able to add updates to deliver increased speed, increased stability, and increased usability. Regular users have probably noticed and been pleasantly surprised, I hope, by all that we have been doing to upgrade the cloud, but for those of you who haven’t dropped by in a while, let me tell you a little more about some of those improvements.
January 28, 2016 — Stephen Wolfram
Six and a half years ago we put Wolfram|Alpha and the sophisticated computational knowledge it delivers out free on the web for anyone in the world to use. Now we’re launching the Wolfram Open Cloud to let anyone in the world use the Wolfram Language—and do sophisticated knowledge-based programming—free on the web.
It’s been very satisfying to see how successfully Wolfram|Alpha has democratized computational knowledge and how its effects have grown over the years. Now I want to do the same thing with knowledge-based programming—through the Wolfram Open Cloud.
Last week we released Wolfram Programming Lab as an environment for people to learn knowledge-based programming with the Wolfram Language. Today I’m pleased to announce that we’re making Wolfram Programming Lab available for free use on the web in the Wolfram Open Cloud.
January 19, 2016 — Stephen Wolfram
I’m excited today to be able to announce the launch of Wolfram Programming Lab—an environment for anyone to learn programming and computational thinking through the Wolfram Language. You can run Wolfram Programming Lab through a web browser, as well as natively on desktop systems (Mac, Windows, Linux).
December 18, 2015 — Eila Stiegler, Quality Analysis Manager, Wolfram|Alpha Quality Analysis
It has been quite a while since I graduated from college in Germany with a degree in mathematics. Of course, I have plenty of memories of long study nights, difficult homework assignments, and a general lack of a social life. But I also vividly remember having to take programming classes. I had done my best to avoid these for as long as I could. But when they became part of my curriculum, I could not continue ignoring them. Not being a native English speaker, I was not just dealing with the concept of programming, which was completely abstract to me—I also had to find my way around function names always given in English. Though I struggled in those classes, I successfully graduated, and years later am now part of a project that would have helped me tremendously back then: the Wolfram Language Worldwide Translations Project.
The Wolfram Language Worldwide Translations Project provides any non-English-speaking programming novice with an effortless way into the Wolfram Language. It aims to introduce the Wolfram Language while at the same time addressing any lack of English language skills.
December 15, 2015 — Rob Morris, Education Product Analyst, Business Analysis
The Wolfram Language provides a unique opportunity to revolutionize programming education, and we’ve been working on ways to deliver the language for students and educators. Today we’re making available a beta version of Wolfram Programming Lab.
You can access it free on the web in our Wolfram Open Cloud. There are subscription versions that provide additional capabilities on the web and that include native desktop versions for Mac, Windows, and Linux.
Wolfram Programming Lab is an interactive programming environment that contains dozens of “Explorations”—step-by-step guides to creating programs with tiny amounts of code. Each Exploration gives the starter code for a program, and students are encouraged to dive in and change the code to create something new. Students can also challenge their understanding by solving exercises in the Go Further sections available in most Explorations.
December 8, 2015 — Stephen Wolfram
But a little while ago, I realized there was another book I had to write: a book that would introduce people with no knowledge of programming to the Wolfram Language and the kind of computational thinking it allows.
December 3, 2015 — Dana Flinn, Project Administrator, Public Relations
The global Hour of Code event is almost here, and we’re excited to announce that Wolfram will be celebrating this year with a free workshop at our headquarters in Champaign, Illinois. Even if you’ve never programmed before, you can experience the excitement of creating your first website by the time you leave.
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. It gives a short introduction to computer science and shows how anyone can get involved.
Join us as we celebrate the Hour of Code! Programming experts will be onsite to help demystify code and demonstrate that anyone can learn the basics. This is a wonderful opportunity to try your hand at a new skill, and have a great time in the process.
November 30, 2015 — Wolfram Blog Team
It’s that time of year again and the holidays are upon us. Whatever your gifting traditions, Wolfram has perfect solutions for the tech lovers on your shopping list. From now until December 6, we are offering Cyber Week savings around the world, including North and South America, Australia, and parts of Asia and Africa.
October 20, 2015 — Vitaliy Kaurov, Academic Director, Wolfram Science and Innovation Initiatives
Community is about to turn 10,000! Members, not years. We launched Wolfram Community in July of 2013. After two short years, it has grown to just a hair’s breadth away from 10,000 participants. Join now and help us reach this milestone!
We’ll award prizes to new members with the most creative profiles who join until the day we hit 10,000. The five people with the most detailed and creative profiles will get a one-year subscription of Wolfram|Alpha Pro and one million Wolfram Cloud Credits. Wolfram Community profiles allow flexible formatting (here is an example), so use it fully. An additional grand prize will go to one of the winners—a personally signed copy of Stephen Wolfram’s upcoming book, An Elementary Introduction to the Wolfram Language. In your Wolfram Community profiles, tell us about what you’ve done and dream to do with Wolfram technologies. The best dream wins!
We have seen many great posts and built new features for the convenience of our members. Today we’re excited to unveil a number of usability improvements, starting with what we call “email notifications.”