Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2005 17:46:32 -0400
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From: Richard Ristow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Edit Command
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At 03:47 PM 9/22/2005, Tesiny, Ed wrote:
>A colleague of mine is exploring moving a program (3,000 lines of
>code) [from an HP Unix server] over to the PC. What's "bugging" him
>is that there is no Edit command in SPSS 13 to help him debug the
First: would setting a very low N OF CASES do it? SPSS would still try
semantics as well as syntax, but it should take very little time.
Second: it seems there should be something on Raynald Levesque's site
spsstools.net; but I've just looked, including in the debugging
section, and not seen anything. Try the downloadable copy of his book
*SPSS Programming and Data Management: A Guide for SPSS and SAS
Third: This isn't about what you want, but be careful. SPSS for Windows
has TWO sets of rules for syntactically valid statements. One's for
running from interactive syntax windows, the other for batch files and
INCLUDE files. Let me know if you want me to look up a summary.
Finally, when I was looking around Raynald's site, I found,
"It has been said that Salesmanship starts after the prospect has said
Similarly, programming could be said to start once there is a bug!"
Meaning, of course, that there's no such thing as programming ever
I've heard of a programming methodology suggested, MOSTLY facetiously,
by old-school programmers ("design? Only wuzzes need a design to write
"How do you write a program? Clear core to zeroes, and debug."
"Correct, adj.: Describing a computer program containing only hidden