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Re: hi, newbie coming

From: Jörg Beyer
Subject: Re: hi, newbie coming
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2007 14:58:56 +0200
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Hi all! 

Interesting thread. I'm watching pspp since January or so, and this seems a
good time to chime in for the first time. I'd like to give some feedback
that I hope is of some use. Sorry that I can't offer more at the moment.

+1 for PostgreSQL-support.
(Or better, +10^10, PostgreSQL is a fantastic RDBMS IMHO :-)
It may be of interest to note that the forthcoming 8.3 release adds two new
generic data types, UUID and XML.

+1 for being able to read spreadsheets, especially OpenOffice ones, which
should give us an opportunity to read Excel docs, too. Sometimes you don't
have a choice. 

In general, I see pspp not only as a clone of 'that other software', but as
a very welcome and integral part of a larger ecosystem for data analysis.
Thanks for all your efforts so far!


On Tue, 16 Oct 2007 17:30:39 +0800, John Darrington wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 15, 2007 at 03:01:04PM +0200, Laurent Valdes wrote:
>> I think I will focus on database integration,
> Database integration would be nice.   It should be fairly
> straightforward to make a casereader that reads from a postgres
> database, using the libpq library :
> Having done that a writing a GET TRANSLATE command is a matter of
> rountine.
> It'd also be nice to have an option which reads/writes gnumeric and/or
> spreadsheets too.
> J'


Jörg Beyer 
PHILIPPS-University Marburg
Dept. of Psychology

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