Date: Tue, 18 May 1999 08:02:13 -0400
Reply-To: Mark Lindeman <mtl4@COLUMBIA.EDU>
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From: Mark Lindeman <mtl4@COLUMBIA.EDU>
Subject: Re: From SPSS: Suggested solution for SPSS for Mac users
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Dennis Wahlgren quotes a Mac developer:
>> Second of all, to say that MFC and OLE/ActiveX are necessary to port a
>> statistical analysis package is ludicrous. MFC is generally known as
>> one of the most poorly designed class libraries ever made, and its lack
>> of availability for the Mac is not surprising given that it is
>> basically a thin wrapper for the Windows API. [...]
>> OLE/ActiveX is another horrid piece of technology that is no longer
>> ported (except by the Office group - which is where you may have seen
>> it) It is used for interapplication and cross-network communication and
>> has nothing to do with statistical analysis.
I see this developer's point of view. But having programmed for both Win32
and Mac, I can testify that _once you specialize_ on Windows [or Mac] with
a graphics-intensive application -- which, like it or not, SPSS now is --
porting is a pain. The programmers might have made it easier by not going
the MFC route, but don't let anyone tell you that it could have been easy.
[SPSS for Java? I have my doubts!]
ActiveX may have nothing to do with statistical analysis, but I imagine
that SPSS's interactive charts and probably its
"edit-in-place-or-in-a-separate-window" pivot tables rely on it.