Installing and Using Meta.Numerics
Here are step-by-step instructions for installing and using the Meta.Numerics library.
#1 Set up your development environment.
Meta.Numerics is a library for programmers, not end-users. If you are an experienced Windows programmer, you probably already have
or an alternative .NET development platform. If you are just starting out, you can download the Express Edition of Visual Studio for free. If you are a Linux or OS X programmer, you can use
Meta.Numerics with the Mono
#2 Get Meta.Numerics.
Go to the Meta.Numerics
and click on "MSI Installer". Agree to the license terms and run the installer. (Depending on your browser and security settings, you may need to give your approval in several dialog boxes.) The MSI installer is the most convenient
way to install Meta.Numerics for the typical user: it puts the assembly and documentation in a folder named "Meta.Numerics" in your Program Files directory, registers the library with Visual Studio and the GAC, and allows for easy removal using Windows'
"Add and Remove Programs" control panel. If you are on an non-Windows platform, or prefer not to grant the Meta.Numerics installer the administrative privleges it requires, you can obtain the same content, albiet not as conveniently set up, by clicking
on the "ZIP Package" instead. The ZIP package consists of a ZIP file whose contents can by extracted by right-clicking and choosing "Extract All...".
#3 Add a reference to Meta.Numerics.
Open an existing .NET project that you want to use Meta.Numerics for, or create a new one (using File > New > Project in Visual Studio). Right click "References" for the project in the Solution Explorer
planel, and choose "Add Reference..." as shown below. If Meta.Numerics was installed using the MSI installer (and Visual Studio has been re-started so that it re-reads the list of registered assemblies), you can find the Meta.Numerics library in
the .NET panel of the Add Reference dialog. Otherwise, you can browse to the location of Meta.Numerics.dll using the Browse panel of the dialog. (Finally, if you are using the
package management system, you can choose "Add Library Package Reference..." instead of "Add Reference..." and then select Meta.Numerics from the NuGet online cache; this even allows you to skip
the "Get Meta.Numerics" step above!)
#4 Use Meta.Numerics.
In your program's code file, add a reference to the Meta.Numerics namespace you want to use. (In C#, this is done with a "using" statement. In VB, it is done with an "Imports" statement. In F#, it is done
with an "open" statement.) Then start writing code usng Meta.Numerics types and methods. Visual Studio's Intellisense system should provide you with some guidance, as illustrated in the screen capture below. For more guidance, see other
topics and the Meta.Numerics reference documentation, which is available
and as a CHM file installed with Meta.Numerics.