LaTeX

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It seems that the teTeX packages are no longer maintained. Some people have recommended TeX Live instead. On Windows, I continue to use MikTex, though there isn't a strong consensus on one versus the other.

Exam Questions

As an instructor, I need to generate problem sets and exam questions. There are quite a few packages for accomplishing these tasks, though some suggest that the exam class is the easiest. One filtering technique is to only take packages that are available directly from within MikTeX and TeX Live.

Drawing Diagrams

  • GraphViz. GraphViz for Windows. GraphViz in Emacs. Use a file extension of .gv.
  • PGF/TikZ. Unlike pstricks, this package is actually compatible with pdflatex directly. Using pstricks within pdftex be done, but it's somewhat complicated. Specifically, "PGF is a TeX macro package for generating graphics. It is platform- and format-independent and works together with the most important TeX backend drivers, including pdftex and dvips. It comes with a user-friedly syntax layer called TikZ".
  • WinFig is an xfig clone for Windows.
  • Xy-pic.