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Generate SPSS (.sav) Directly?
In a first step I would like to see a export mask, which allows restriction of variables (like in the excel export) and to give the export file a certain name or schema.
Your idea is still worth to be discussed. But if I find a feature request good, the chance are very high that it won't be included in the next years. I joint this board 8 years ago and I can't remember feature requests being implemented that I supported strongly
I think the problem with the SPSS export is, that probably none of the current developers is using SPSS. Which of course this makes chances that things get updated/changed smaller. It is a pitty, but somehow understandable with an open source software and a limited resource of developers.
As they don't live of it, they implement what is interesting for them. Not ideal, but totally understandable.
fransmarcelissen wrote: Hi,
It is quite simple to read the data directly from the mysql database into spss. I have done that some time ago and it works withing problems./quote]
Is that really easier for an enduser? Would like to get some infos about that workflow.
When importing plain text via a syntax file is not easy/comfortable enough, a direct connection from SPSS to MySQL will be easier? Often a direct connection to the MySQL server is not allowed. Credentials to import the tables are an issue too.
@holch: I understand only limited developers, so it's okay if this is not possible for LS. But I want to post here in case someone know.
What else should go wrong I can tweak and workaround. I am used to using syntaxfiles to import data.
david2013 wrote: @jelo: Other than Strings are cut and size can't get 8-9MB of data as you mentioned, is there any other problem you discover for SPSS?
But the thread-starter might comparing LS to other solutions. And I can understand that this syntaxfile import is not well received everywhere. And since most users are no longer installing Limesurvey themselves, but pay for hosting/service anyway, there is no real competitive advantage over e.g. Surveygizmo or Fluidsurveys left for Limesurvey. Pricing is coming down, so the window of opportunities is closing faster. LS is lacking Questionstypes and export finetuning. I am on this board since 8 years but I don't have any clue where this project is heading. Perhaps a developer framework for surveys?
To implement export masks for every project via hacking the php files is not the route to go, when doing updates. There are alreay enough customized installations which won't be updated till they be replaced by SaaS.