11 May 2008 salmoni   » (Master)

I've been busy playing with Python 3K at home. It seems to be nice though I haven't dug deep enough / far enough to notice real changes outside of the 'print' statement changes.

In other work, I'm managing to tame wxPython again and am producing a consistent and simple interface for importing data from different sources (databases, spreadsheets, text files). It could form the basis of a data manager, but it's all for the statistics program which is itself coming along.

The program has an interactive interpreter which is fun: it's all based on Python's 'code' module and I've organised it so that users can import data with awkward field names (like: 'Variable (1) & Variable (2) mixed'), and they can still be used on the command line, thus:

Variable (1) & Variable (2) mixed.mean

Not a big change, but it's one less thing to explain to demanding users. The work on the main GUI is still ongoing (choosing a test is the hardest thing) but we're getting there.

The thing will be released under the Affero GPL license so it's even relevant to this site.

In administration things, I managed to get some more marketing research done (all promising but lots of things to think about), and the company is getting closer to being officially founded. It's all very exciting stuff.

I have a questionnaire here if anyone feels like completing it: it should take about 5-10 minutes and concerns people who use computers to perform statistical analysis. I cannot offer any money in return (we have zero investment - any offers will be carefully considered!), but it would be extremely helpful in getting open source to the top.

The questionnaire is at Survey Monkey. TIA to anyone who completes it.

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