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RE: FW: tell us about what you'd like to do for PSPP

From: Ronald Szoc, PhD
Subject: RE: FW: tell us about what you'd like to do for PSPP
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2005 20:16:29 -0500


Thank you for that information. I will get back to you and the "list" with
more details on the weekend. I just started a new job today, and I am under
deadline for Wednesday at 8:00 PM.... 

Thanks again, 

-----Original Message-----
From: John Darrington [mailto:address@hidden 
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 10:34 PM
To: Ronald Szoc, PhD
Cc: address@hidden
Subject: Re: FW: tell us about what you'd like to do for PSPP

On Sun, Jan 02, 2005 at 08:29:30PM -0500, Ronald Szoc, PhD wrote:
     I also have a PhD in Psychology, and have been an active researcher,
     have taught classes at the undergraduate and graduate level in
     and research methodology. Most recently I gave a three hour workshop on
     Logistic and Multinomial regression at the American Evaluation
     meeting this past November. 
     Anyway, these days I use SPSS 11.0 for the PC.
     So, given my experience, where would you see me as being of most

Given that you're already familiar with spss and your qualifications, I
suggest that you start by creating some `real life' test examples for PSPP.
Although there is a reasonable set of regression tests, I always find
numerous little problems when actually using some PSPP feature for the first
time in ernest ( also I think there is a need for a public access tutorial
site for PSPP ) .

So if you can  try out PSPP on some typical psychological problem you've
encountered, and submit a bug report that would be helpful.
I'd be very suprised if you did that, and didn't find half a dozen buglets.
Then if you want to start developing PSPP, squashing these sorts of bugs is
IMHO the best way to become familiar with the code.

     There is one area where I am deficient: developing under Linux. I
     the PSPP source code, and noticed some file name extensions that I do
     understand, and certain written statements don't make much sense to me.
     as: "Just use the ./configure call and develop a version for your
     environment... " (That's from memory, so it may not be an accurate
     but I sure don't know what ./configure does because it doesn't exist in
     Microsoft/Windows world)...
     On the other hand, I could do development for the Wintel world, if that
     of any interest for you. Or keep it within Linux... 

PSPP is will run on a variety of platforms, not just those which use
"Linux" for a kernel.   PSPP is known to compile and run on GNU/Hurd,
GNU/Linux, MAC OS X etc.  But read the following from the GNU maintainers

  "The most important platforms for a GNU package to support are GNU and
GNU/Linux.  Developing the GNU operating system is the whole point of the
GNU Project; a GNU package exists to make the whole GNU system more
powerful.  So please keep that goal in mind and let it shape your work.
For instance, every new feature you add should work on GNU, and GNU/Linux if
possible too.  If a new feature only runs on GNU and GNU/Linux, it could
still be acceptable.  However, a feature that runs only on other systems and
not on GNU or GNU/Linux makes no sense in a GNU package."

Also, I am sure Ben will explain to you that if you decide to contribute any
code and/or documentation, you will need to sign certain paperwork to avoid
any legal problems.

Hope this information is useful to you.



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