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PSPP-BUG: Re: [bug #24534] PSPPire works in batch syntax mode

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Subject: PSPP-BUG: Re: [bug #24534] PSPPire works in batch syntax mode
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 17:49:30 +0200

2008/10/13 John Darrington <address@hidden>

Follow-up Comment #2, bug #24534 (project pspp):

This is interesting.

Psppire uses batch mode, because the syntax window isn't interactive in the
sense that the pspp terminal is.  In psppire, you type in the syntax, then
select Run->All/Selection/To End ...
which executes the code. In the terminal, the code is automatically executed
whenever the end of a command is encountered.

As I understand it, the reason for interactive mode, is that end of command
can be ambiguous in batch mode.

So to me, it makes more sense to have batch mode  in psppire, or else, change
the user interface to make it truly interactive.

I discussed this with a SPSS guru. In his opinion there are 2 differences. The end of command and the start of a continue line.
By the last I mean:
for interactive mode:
"1" "Ja"
"2" "Nee".
for batch mode:
   "1" "Ja"
   "2" "Nee".

I personal would advice everyone to use the last syntax, but some setups are generated using the first. And SPSS uses the interactive mode in the syntax editor..... I think using interactive mode would make PSPPire more compatible to SPSS, and I don't see drawbacks for it

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