Using Wolfram Mathematica for this is more satisfying than it should be

It was shockingly easy to do all this.

  • REPL/Notebook glory with fast-n-quick editing and modification
  • easy switching between text and code cells
  • easy prototyping
  • easy plotting

I’m sure anything that requires “running systems” would be a bad fit, but most cases where you’d think “I need a real programming language here”, Wolfram Language is more than adequate.