Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2000 04:05:47 -0800
Reply-To: John Hendrickx <john_hendrickx@YAHOO.COM>
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From: John Hendrickx <john_hendrickx@YAHOO.COM>
Subject: Re: Amendments and corrections
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--- "R. Allan Reese" <R.A.Reese@GRI.HULL.AC.UK> wrote:
> On Wed, 20 Dec 2000 <J.Russell@SHEFFIELD.AC.UK> wrote
> >... as an old programmer who
> >started in the days when there were not fancy things like 'do ifs'
> >and macros ...
> We are pleased to clarify that Jean's experience started with the
> version of SPSS and she had overlooked that "DO IF" had been
> present for
> some time in the older mainframe versions. Any implication that
> Jean is
> other than a mere stripling is entirely false and unfounded.
> Seasons greetings from a real old-timer and pedantic grouch,
> R Allan Reese
A real Old Fart (tm) would have pointed out that macros were
introduced in SPSSX 3.0 and DO IF in SPSSX 1.0 itself -- the true
version 10 of SPSS. In my time (SPSS version 9), we didn't have no
fancy "DO IF"s or macros, didn't have no lowercase letters neither.
Didn't need 'em either (well actually we really did, but no need to
tell the kiddies that).
A response from an Older Fart (tm) is sure to follow.
Happy holidays, unhaunted by the ghosts of software past, present,
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