Wolfram Workbench: Introducing the
State of the Art for Technical Development
June 20, 2006--Wolfram Research today announced the release of Wolfram Workbench, the
state-of-the-art integrated development environment (IDE) that
technologies. Complementing Mathematica's uniquely powerful,
high-level programming language and world-renowned features for
computation, visualization, and modeling, Workbench is ideal
for development of large-scale technical solutions.
"Workbench has unlocked Mathematica's potential as the
way to build technical software," said Tom Wickham-Jones, director of
kernel technology and lead Workbench developer. "If you're
working on technical application development, we've built the
definitive system." Together, Workbench and
Mathematica enable the creation of innovative technical
applications in areas such as engineering, science, finance, and
Built on Eclipse, a leading platform for IDE
development, Workbench makes it easy for Eclipse adopters to
use Mathematica for their applications.
Existing Mathematica-based developers gain access to
state-of-the-art development tools, resulting in more efficient
project construction and increased productivity.
"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 Mathematica's 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 their 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
want to 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 to become the environment for technical software development."
Wolfram Workbench is currently available as a free
prerelease download to Wolfram
Research Premier Service
customers. It is scheduled for final release soon for
Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms.
See the product pages for more information about Wolfram Workbench.