Create a nested folder structure with the file system object.

We needed to make some nested folder structures for a project we are running with mrs scripts and i thought i would post some code to do that.  I am sure there are many ways to do this , but this is what we did in just a few lines


Dim sPath , oItem, sCurrentPath,oFSO

Set oFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

For each oItem in split("C:\Temp\Doug\Doug1\Doug2\","\")

if ( find(oItem,":") > -1 ) then 
      sCurrentPath = oItem + "\"
      sCurrentPath = replace(sCurrentPath + "\" + oItem,"\\","\")
End If

If oFSO.FolderExists(sCurrentPath) = False Then
End If


Just Code : Delete all files with specific month

I needed a quick bit of code today so that i could clean up my hard disk. This script will delete all the files that match a specific month number. One day it may save you a few minutes.


Sub LoopFolders(sFullPath,iMonth)
Dim oFolder,oSubFolder,oFSO,oFile

Set oFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

If oFSO.FolderExists(sFullPath) Then
Set oFolder = oFSO.GetFolder(sFullPath)

For Each oFile In oFolder.Files
if ( Month(oFile.DateCreated) = iMonth ) Then
debug.Log(oFolder.Path + "\" + oFile.Name +":" + ctext(oFile.DateCreated))
oFSO.DeleteFile(oFolder.Path + "\" + oFile.Name)
End If

For each oSubFolder in oFolder.SubFolders
debug.Log("“Folder:"+ oSubFolder.Name)

End If

Set oFSO = null
Set oFolder = null
Set oFile = null
End Sub

Testing a carousel feature in WP

Here are some images/links to IBM Thought Leadership that the team i work for has helped produce. In most cases Unicom intelligence, SPSS Statistics and Modeler have been used to provide analytical insight into the data collected to help drive and validate the content in these documents. If you work in the Government or Education sectors, then these are for you. Happy Clicking (If you want more info then please feel free to drop me a email at )

PHP 7.2.2 and Unicom

I am currently looking into writing a PHP interface that schedules Unicom tasks and i thought i would make a few post’s as i go along. Obviously, the first thing you have to do is to install PHP and set it up for COM use. Setting PHP up for COM is easy , just make sure you have this in your PHP.ini file. ( Search for [COM] )

; allow Distributed-COM calls
com.allow_dcom = true

The way to check that com is enabled it so run a PHP file that has this in it


And when you run the file , make sure you see this

next we need to see if com is activated and works so i tried this on Excel. I have excel 2013 my machine

     ini_set('display_errors', 1);
     ini_set('display_startup_errors', 1);
     $xl = new COM("Excel.Application"); 

and it produced this ,

Fatal error: Uncaught com_exception: 
Failed to create COM object `Excel.Application': 
Access is denied. in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\LoopMDD.php:9 Stack trace: #0 C:\inetpub\wwwroot\LoopMDD.php(9): 
com->com('Excel.Applicati...') #1 {main} thrown in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\LoopMDD.php on line 9

and i am ok with that as it shows the COM statement worked. If you want to take the excel thing further then you can take a look at this post and it will show you how to get access to XL this way. So whats next .. Well one of the first things i need to do is open an MDD so here is the PHP code to do that

ini_set('display_errors', 1);
ini_set('display_startup_errors', 1);

	echo 'Start';
  	$oMDM = new COM("MDM.Document") or die("Unable to instantiate MDM.Document"); 
	$oMDM->Open("C:\\inetpub\\wwwroot\\USERS.mdd", '', 2);
	foreach ($oMDM->Variables as $oVar) {
		echo $oVar->Label ."<br/>";
	echo 'Done';


and so when i ran the PHP file i got the labels. So PHP COM , 64bit is enabled and working , now onto the next bit, watch this space.

Send SMTP Email via Gmail

Just helped someone get this sorted and thought i woulds share. The trick was to allow Less Secure apps in your account. Here is the link

Turn it on and then just use the normal CDO code.

Dim oEmail, sEmailFrom, sEmailTo, sEmailSubject, sEmailBody,sBCC

' Send email

sEmailTo = ""
sEmailFrom = ""
sEmailSubject = "Email Subject"
sEmailBody = "Email Body this is bold"
sBCC = ""

Set oEmail      = CreateObject("CDO.Message")

With oEmail
 With .Configuration.Fields
  .Item[""] = True
  .Item[""] = ""
  .Item[""] = 2
  .Item[""] = ""
  .Item[""] = "xxxxxxxxxxx"	
  .Item[""] = 465
  .Item[""] = 60
  .Item[""] = 1	
 End With
End With	

oEmail.From     = sEmailFrom
oEmail.To       = sEmailTo
oEmail.BCC      = sBCC
oEmail.Subject  = sEmailSubject
oEmail.HTMLBody = sEmailBody


set oEmail = Null

Open SAV file and create an XL map of contents

Needed to write some code today to open up an Statistics sav file and create an XL map file of the metadata. The next step in the process will be to write a IBM Statistics syntax script to change the content in the SAV file based on the information in the XL file. Here is the first bit of the code , lets call it stage 1. If you want stage 2 let me know.

So lets declare some vars

CONST sDataPath = "c:\temp"
CONST sDataName = "IBV_A069_EPH.sav"
CONST sXLMap = "SAV_MAP.xls"

Dim oDSCs, oDSC, oMDM, oVar,oElement
Dim oExcel,oSheet

Dim iVarCount,iRow

And now lets go ahead and open up the SAV file using the Statistics DCS

Set oDSCs = CreateObject("MRDSCReg.Components")
Set oDSC = oDSCs["mrSavDsc"]
Set oMDM = oDSC.Metadata.Open(sDataPath + sDataName)

Then lets open up our XL file. I am assuming it is already made and contains a tab called Labels in it. We are also going to give the columns some names

Set oSheet = oExcel.Sheets["Labels"]
iRow = 1
oSheet.cells[1][1].value = "Variable Name"
oSheet.cells[1][2].value = "New Variable Name"
oSheet.cells[1][3].value = "Type"
oSheet.cells[1][4].value = "Value"
oSheet.cells[1][5].value = "Label"

Next we need to loop the variables in the file outputting the data we find to the relevant places in our sheet

	for iVarCount = 0 to oMDM.Variables.count-1
		iRow = iRow + 1
		Set oVar = oMDM.Variables[iVarCount]	
			oSheet.cells[iRow][1].value = oVar.Name
			oSheet.cells[iRow][3].value = "L"
			oSheet.cells[iRow][5].value = TextOnly(oVar.Label)
			oSheet.cells[iRow][6].value = oVar.dataType

			For each oElement in oVar.Elements.Elements
	   			iRow = iRow + 1
	   			oSheet.cells[iRow][3].value = "C"
	   			oSheet.cells[iRow][4].value = oElement.Element.NativeValue
	   			oSheet.cells[iRow][5].value = TextOnly(oElement.Label)	   			

and finally we need out TextOnly Function. This will allow us to strip out HTML codes that may be in our labels

Function TextOnly(sValue)
	Dim sNew,iCount,bStart
	For iCount = 0 to len(sValue) -1
		if ( find( "<",mid(sValue,iCount,1) )>-1 ) then 
			bStart = true
		End if
		if ( bStart = true ) Then
			sNew = sNew + mid(sValue,iCount,1)
		End If
		if ( find( ">",mid(sValue,iCount,1) )>-1 ) then 
			bStart = false
		End if
	TextOnly = sNew
End Function

JustCode : Delete a vdata record

This sub shows us how to delete a vdata record from a survey. It has 3 parms that you need to pass in. You will also need to enter a valid SQL user login & password.

' sSurvey: The name of the survey that is to be used.
' sID: The Respondent.serial that is to be deleted.
' sServer: The name or the IP of the SQL server
' ****************************************
' Designed by : Smarter Dimensions
' Last Updated : 8th July 2009
' Sub to delete a vdata record
' ****************************************

Sub DeleteVDataRecord(sSurvey,sID,sServer)

    Set oConnection = CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")

    oConnection.ConnectionString = "Provider=mrOleDB.Provider.2;Data Source=mrRdbDsc2;Location='Provider=SQLOLEDB.1;Password=XXXXXX;Persist Security Info=True;User ID=XX;Initial Catalog=" + sSurvey + ";Data Source=" + sServer + "';Initial Catalog=\" + sServer + "SPSSMR_FMROOTMaster" + sSurvey + "" + sSurvey + ".mdd;MR Init Project=" + sSurvey


    If ( oConnection.State = 1 ) Then

        Set oRecordset = CreateObject("ADODB.Recordset")
        oRecordset.Open("DELETE FROM VDATA WHERE Respondent.serial = '" + sID + "'" ,oConnection,3,1)
        Set oRecordset = Null

    End If

    Set oConnection = Null

End Sub

JustCode : Responses under radio buttons

This code shows us how to have our responses under the radio buttons.

Metadata(en-AU, Question, Label)
    Q1 "This is a Rating Scale {ReplaceMe}"
        categorical [1..1]
        _1 "1 Poor",
        _2 "2",
        _3 "3",
        _4 "4",
        _5 "5 Good"

End Metadata

And now for the routing.


    Q1.Style.Columns = 5

    Q1.Label.Inserts["ReplaceMe"] = "(Responses underneath)"

End Routing

JustCode : Remove a language from MDD via script

This example show us how to open up an MDD file in read-write mode and remove a langauge from it.

' ****************************************
' Designed by : Smarter Dimensions
' Last Updated : 26th September 2009
' Open MDD file and remove language
' ****************************************

    Dim oMDM

    ' Create the MDM object and open the Short Drinks .mdd file in read-write mode
    Set oMDM = CreateObject("MDM.Document")
        oMDM.Open("c:\tempNew.mdd", ,2)



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