Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Gauss 7.0

As if to emphasise my comments on function naming, I read the announcement of the new Gauss 7.0. Amongst the mostly minor tweaks to this numerical system (most notable being 64 bit support), I see the following:

Additional new commands:
• convertsatostr
• convertstrtosa

There is no reference on the site to what these new functions might mean or do, and to a non-Gauss user, it is hard to know from the cryptic function name.

If you must invent cryptic new words, it is certainly vital to explain them somewhere!

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