On 9/23/2009 8:21 PM, Allin Cottrell wrote:
Gretl-based instructions are not necessarily exclusive of shell
commands, since (a) gretl can do shell, and (b) the shell is
capable of more flexible manipulation of text files than gretl can
ever be (more so on *nix than Windows, of course, but even on
So I am unsure how much you want to hear about this, but I will respond
It is really infeasible to introduce my undergrads to shell commands.
They are already shell shocked by my insistence that they write gretl
Most of them have no idea what a shell is. And the shell is not cross
The cross-platform character of gretl is crucial to my choosing it.
I would have to communicate to them that "Mac users do it this way,
and Win users do it that way". This is just not going to go down well.
That's the reality I face.
There is also a different kind of argument. Sure CSV files are plain
can therefore be easily manipulated by a variety of tools. But they are
a core spreadsheet format. Thus the --rowoffset and --coloffset options
of `open` should work with CSV too. Or so I claim, despite offering no
code to do this.
I'll shut up now.
PS It might interest you to know that my current class is split about
Mac/Windows, and that a fair number of the Windows users are using OO.
Just fyi. This is quite different than past years.