I began to use Maple in my teaching in January 1995. At that time I was a complete novice in the use of computing in my mathematics teaching, and benefited greatly from a new, temporary colleague, Dr. Mark Daly (to whom I dedicated my substantial August 2001 Fermat's little theorem talk). Mark was an expert in the use of Maple, and to him I owe whatever facility I acquired in those days in using Maple. I always knew - right from the start - what I wanted to do with Maple, but there was the initial problem of bridging the gap between what I wanted to do, and finding out how to do it.
Another great support to me in those early days was David Joyner (at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis) who displayed - and continues to do so - some of my 3rd. year Number Theory and Cryptography worksheets at a time when my own College didn't have a Web site. I dedicated my Chicago, November 2003 Bill Clinton, Bertie Ahern, and digital signatures talk to David.
My initial interest in the use of Maple was for teaching purposes only; I could not have known in those early days the profound impact Maple was to have on my own mathematical work. An early sign of that may be seen in the Fermat 6 corner of my site, followed by the Jacobi and Gauss links (below).
There are many Maple worksheets located in other corners of my web site:
My views on Computer Algebra Systems in general, and Maple in particular, are expressed by Doron Zeilberger in his Opinion #47 and Opinion #26. Taking my lead from DZ, I dedicated my Dalhousie colloquium talk - as may be read in the above Gauss Maple file - as follows:
I dedicate this talk to Bruno Buchberger and to the creators of Maple, Bruce W. Char, Keith O. Geddes, W. Morven Gentleman and Gaston H. Gonnet
Finally, I am immensely proud that DZ has included me (because of my Maple work) in his Favourite Links.