Wolfram Computation Meets Knowledge

Date Archive: 2010 February

Announcements & Events

Exposed! Workbench 2’s Contribution to Wolfram|Alpha

Wolfram|Alpha's mission---to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable by anyone---is a major software engineering effort. With millions of lines of code and hundreds of team members, a sophisticated code-base manager is essential in making the project possible. Enter Wolfram Workbench. Wolfram Workbench 2, the recently released version of Wolfram's state-of-the-art software engineering and deployment tool, is used at all levels of the Wolfram|Alpha project, from data curation and quality assurance to documentation and framework development. With its leading code-editing, navigation, and project-management tools, Workbench is a scalable solution that is necessary for building and growing Wolfram|Alpha. In this video, two Wolfram|Alpha developers describe Workbench's invaluable role in the project.
Announcements & Events

The Next-Generation Integrated Development Environment: Wolfram Workbench 2

Wolfram Workbench 2 is out today. New in Version 2 is the ability to create and integrate documentation for your Mathematica applications, as well as a host of improvements to code editing, navigation, and more. Workbench is an Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE) with a powerful suite of tools to help you quickly create innovative, next-generation applications from concept to completion. You can work with any Eclipse-supported language, making Workbench a very efficient organizational tool. It's a powerful tool for small projects as well as large scale applications. How do we know? It is one of our key tools in the development of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha, and other Wolfram technologies.
Announcements & Events

Explore the Frontiers of Science: NKS Summer School 2010

In 2002, Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science (NKS) was published. Soon after, Wolfram Research began hosting annual Summer Schools centered around doing research on the topics and methods introduced by the book. The first NKS Summer School was held in 2003 at Brown University. It's that time of year again—when interested individuals all around the world apply to the NKS Summer School. By 2008, the NKS Summer School was already well established. I was one of those interested individuals, having completed my master's degree in mathematics the year before. I had been introduced to A New Kind of Science by a good friend, back when I was taking advanced undergraduate courses in physics. So when I came across the NKS Summer School in the winter of 2007, I was eager to apply.
Computation & Analysis

Down, Set, Compute! Checking Quarterback Ratings with Mathematica

Comparing favorite teams and players is a favorite pastime for sports fans. Most fans, including myself, understand their sports' basic statistics—batting averages, yards per carry, and so on—but may have trouble calculating the stats. With the Super Bowl coming up in Florida this weekend, I thought it would be interesting to see what Mathematica could do to help calculate one of the most well-known and tough-to-calculate statistics of the National Football League (NFL): quarterback passer rating.