Yesterday in a blogpost, Stephen Wolfram posted about launching a free Wolfram Engine for developers. The Wolfram Engine runs on any standard platform like Linux, Mac, Windows, RasPi, and many more. It can be used directly with a script, or from a command line. The Wolfram Engine also has access to the whole Wolfram Knowledgebase by a free basic subscription to the Wolfram Cloud.
“The Wolfram Engine is the heart of all our products.”, says Wolfram.
The Wolfram Engine implements the full Wolfram Language as a software component and can immediately be plugged into any standard software engineering stack.
The Wolfram language is a powerful system used for interactive computing as well as for doing R&D, education and data science. It is also being increasingly used as a key component in building production software systems. The Wolfram language has 5000+ functions, including visualization, machine learning, numerics, image computation, and many more. It has lots of real-world knowledge too, particularly in geo, medical, cultural, engineering, scientific, etc. The Wolfram language has been increasingly used inside large-scale software projects.
Wolfram added, “Sometimes the whole project is built in Wolfram Language. Sometimes Wolfram Language is inserted to add some critical computational intelligence, perhaps even just in a corner of the project.”
The free Wolfram Engine for developers will help make the Wolfram language available to any software developer. It will also help build systems that can take full advantage of its computational intelligence.
Wolfram concludes the blogpost stating, “We’ve worked hard to make the Free Wolfram Engine for Developers as easy to use and deploy as possible.”
Many developers have welcomed the free availability of Wolfram Engine.
This is great. I just downloaded it and will give it a try. Also, do you have any dev discount for Mathematica home edition? I'd buy it right away.
— bc238dev (@bc238dev) May 21, 2019
A user on Hacker News states, “I’m excited about this change. I wish it had happened sooner so it could have had more of an impact. It certainly put Wolfram Engine back on my radar.”
Another user is planning to take advantage of this situation by “using Mathematica (and its GUI) on a Raspberry Pi to explore and figure out how to do what you want to do, but then actually run it in Wolfram Engine on a more powerful computer.”
To know more details about the news, head over to Stephen Wolfram blog.