Wolfram made a name for itself in 1988 with the release of Mathematica 1.0, a computing wizard that could automate algorithms faster than you can say "gazonga." On the 26th anniversary of that monumental day, the Wolfram Programming Cloud went live, changing programming forever.
Founder of Wolfram, Stephen Wolfram, created the Wolfram Programming Cloud around his personal belief in maximum automation. If innovation is about pushing the envelope of possibilities, Wolfram believes in letting good programs take care of the "how to," so we can take care of the "what."
Wolfram Programming Cloud is really expected to be a game changer. The application is based on the Wolfram Language and was specifically developed to streamline the creation and deployment of cloud-based programs.
So, how does it work?
The Wolfram Programming Cloud is essentially "cloud-based programming, for dummies." If you know code, you can create the most complex programs your mind can imagine in minutes.
How? Well, the interactive application combines the capabilities of the Wolfram Language and the plethora of information available on the web to bring you comprehensive programming in seconds.
Let's say, for example, that you'd like to create an internal, cloud-based program for your organization that features a calendar with all of the major national holidays of the U.S. and Dubai. You can "ask" the program for that calendar using code and it will bring up the image of that calendar and the specific programming code. It can also be exported to directly create an API.
The Wolfram Programming Cloud is complex, no doubt about it. Just a handful of features include machine learning, image processing, typesetting, and comprehension of human language that is unique to the Wolfram Language. The result is a platform that takes care of the boring, laborious end of programming and leaves you with all of the fun stuff -- innovation.
Understanding the importance of the development of the Wolfram Programming Cloud comes from understanding Wolfram Language itself. The Wolfram Language is something Stephen Wolfram has been working on for more than 30 years. What is it, you ask? Well, it's essentially a programming language that understands you.
The Wolfram Language is a universal programming language based on symbolic expression and function, with more than 5000 built-in features. The program understands code, but it will give users data outputs that are more like plain English.
Let's say, for example, that you'd like to move to a major city in Alaska. You can ask the program for a list of all of the major cities in Alaska and it will find the answer and give it to you in plain English. To clarify, you speak to the program in code, but it answers you in English (and provides the code as well).
You can then ask for the data on each city, including population, crime rate, school ratings and cost-of-living. Wolfram Language will find that data and can then create a graph or chart for you, allowing you to cross-compare the data. Lastly, it can bring up an image of Alaska and map the