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help for coding Python/Sage with Netbeans GUI

[email protected]




Newbie Wubi Linux Sage install under Windows

[email protected]




Cantor is a GUI front-end for many mathematical software applications like Sage, Maxima, R and KAlgebra



Graph Theory Methods


Comparison of Mathematica vs. Sage Graph Theory Methods

External Documents

Not in this wiki (i.e. PDF or website).






Sage and Cython: A Brief Introduction html


This is a quick introduction to Sage,[...] One thing I will highlight is using Cython in Sage to make very fast code in an easy way.

Marshall Hampton


Number Theory and the RSA Public Key Cryptosystem pdf


This tutorial uses Sage to study elementary number theory and the RSA public key cryptosystem. A number of Sage commands will be introduced that help us to perform basic number theoretic operations such as greatest common divisor and Euler’s phi function. We then introduce the RSA cryptosystem and use Sage’s built-in commands to encrypt and decrypt data via the RSA algorithm.

Minh Van Nguyen


Linear error-correcting codes pdf


This tutorial introduces some of Sage's functionality in the theory of error-correcting codes.

David Joyner and Robert Miller


Group Theory and SAGE: A Primer pdf swstex


This is a compilation of Sage commands useful for a student studying group theory for the first time. The SAGE worksheet version has executable cells.

Rob Beezer


ImageJ in a Sage notebook, an example of Python calling Java


This blogpost explains how to call Java programs from Sage via Jpype Python module

Frédéric Morain-Nicolier


Sage in practice at Mendelu link


Sage html refcard (en) and worksheets from lectures (en/cz)

Robert Marik


Documents in the Work




Progress/Status/Need Help

Sage Wikibook Project



open for anyone

Wish List

This is a list of requested documentations.




Purpose and Direction




Setup Sage in a classroom situation as a central server.




Plotting of functions, examples how various kinds of functions can be plotted, explain parameters

Numbertypes and Conversation



Write a guide explaining the different types of numbers in Sage. What are they for (examples), how to convert, which modules are available (e.g. how works Sage->Python->Mpmath ?) and so on. Should target new Sage users, especially if they are used to simpler environments without different number types. Should be part of "Tutorial"


Some definitions on what is what in the list above. (If someone has better definitions, please edit!)

Writing Great Documentation

Jacob Kaplan-Moss has written a series of three articles on how to write great documentation for any open source project. Here is a list of his articles:

  1. What to write --- Various types of documents that a project should have, including reference manual, tutorials, brief feature tours, development guidelines, etc.

  2. Technical style --- good technical styles to follow.

  3. You need an editor -- on the importance of having an editor to look after the project's documentation.

Darrell Anderson has some tips on technical writing that are well worth a read:

  1. Bigshot Words --- some words to avoid. Dilbert also has some tips.

  2. A Proofreader’s Checklist --- common grammatical and spelling mistakes to look out for.

  3. Technical Writing Tips --- numerous points to keep in mind in technical writing.

Other resources

  1. It also helps to use a spell checker.
  2. Documentation issues in open source from OSS Watch.

  3. How to Write Documentation that Will Lead to New Users by Jack Herrington.

  4. Open-source documentation: in search of user-driven, just-in-time writing by Erik Berglund and Michael Priestley. In "SIGDOC '01: Proceedings of the 19th Annual International Conference on Computer Documentation", ACM, pages 132--141, 2001.

  5. S Van der Walt. The SciPy Documentation Project (Technical Overview). In Proceedings of the 7th Python in Science conference (SciPy 2008), G Varoquaux, T Vaught, J Millman (Eds.), pp.27--28.

  6. J Harrington. The SciPy Documentation Project. In Proceedings of the 7th Python in Science conference (SciPy 2008), G Varoquaux, T Vaught, J Millman (Eds.), pp.33--35.

  7. J Harrington et al. Progress Report: NumPy and SciPy Documentation in 2009. In Proceedings of the 8th Python in Science conference (SciPy 2009), G Varoquaux, S van der Walt, J Millman (Eds.), pp.84--87.

  8. Documentation by [insert doc type] covers what isn't documentation.

Worst-case scenario

Avoid the following scenario as much as possible. This is taken from "Lecture 12: FOSS Culture" of the ANU course COMP8440:

From: xxxxx
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2001 21:07:09 +0900
To: [email protected]
Subject: Dear Sir,

I have always wanted to flame you, however I never really had any good reason
to do so. While your software creations were always egoistical and
underdocumented, nothing really pushed the mark, yet. Until today, when I
downloaded your "Linux 2.4" call graph utility. So, when is your next absolute-
next-to-worthless but oh-so-cool-because-it's-from-rusty-russell piece of software
coming out? Why the f*** don't you focus on documenting things instead of
writing useless shit that "takes about 8 hours to run on my mobile pII laptop" or
"generates about 180mb of vector postscript". How about another example. I
heard you were involved with that atrocity called "netfilter". Sure, it might have
nice features and I am still considering using it, but WRITE SOME F***ING DOCS
before you release complex shit like this for people to use! When I goto that
netfilter site, I don't give a flying raging f*** who submitted 31337 lines of code to
whatever f***ing netfilter module. That's your egoistical shit, and I could care less
about it.
...... (more rants delted)
... Uhm, that's all I can think of right now.

xxx (name deleted)

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DocumentationProject (last edited 2011-07-28 20:00:08 by MikeHansen)