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Its been a long time

It’s been over 7 months since my last post and to be honest I don’t know where the time has gone. In my professional life, I have been working on a special project and it has consumed all of my time, but I have learnt allot. And now I think it is time to get back on the wagon and start posting a few more articles to continue on the theme we started all those months ago and also show you some of the new things I have learnt.

I have not thrown this question out there for a while but are any of you interested in writing article with me? It can be on anything IBM SPSS Data Collection it can be short or long, it’s just all about sharing knowledge. Anyway if you do want to write something drop me an email or comment on this post and i will get you added to the system so that you can start blogging.

2×4 Data Collection Interviewer Server Backup Application

I have been on holiday for the last few weeks and during that time I managed to get some articles written. Whilst on holiday I was asked by 2×4 if I wanted to have a play with their backup tool and of course I excepted. This article is about that app and it shows you what it can do and how you can do it in the first release. To be honest , and I get nothing for saying this , I think this will turn into a “Must Have App” for all those users out there , and I know a few , that struggle with or do not even do backups. With a couple of clicks you have backed up a project or restored it. No Complicate procedures , just a few clicks and you are done. Anyway , here is what I did and the screen shots that go with it.

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Quick Post : Mobile Theme added to site.

The other day I added a mobile theme to this site so that you can view the site in a better format on you mobile devices. I have looked at it on my Nokia E72 and iPad and it looks ok. I would be interested in what you think it looks like on your mobile devices. The direct link to the blog is http://www.smarterdatacollection.com/Blog. Please leave a comment and thanks for your help.

Quick Post : Update to Code Snippet blocks

If you have not noticed before , i am sure you will now , but for a while now i have struglled to find a good code style widget for this blog. Over the weekend and today i have updated this yet again and have made some backend changes that should hopefully show you the code for the posts in a more readable and usable format. If you find any issues with the code supplied , please let me know as it could be a result of this resent change.

Tip from Bob Davis : i.engine

A while ago a topic in LinkedIN was started arround Tips & Tricks. There has been some realy great tips and we wanted to make sure that you saw them also.

That is something that is immediately useful over here. I was reminded that we can also pass i.engine=if we want to test particular engines or to pre-cache a project on that engine.

To find out about this URL item and more look here
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/spssdc/v6r0m1/topic/com.spss.ddl/interviewscripting_properties_table.htm

Tip from Bernhard Witt : TestUseSampleMgmt

When testing surveys with Sample Management, it is often annoying that I need a test

 to logon to the survey. In that case, you can change a setting for the project inside DimensionNet: Go to Project Editor, switch to the properties tab and choose the dropdown entry mrInterview (Dimensions). The property to change is: TestUseSampleMgmt which is set to 1 by default. Enter 0 here and the survey can be started without authentication in test mode, while it still requests authentication in live mode. 

This is also great when a client wants to have a look again to the survey, but you cannot easy create new sample

s. 

Tip from Tyler Ball : i.timeout

We also use i.timeout (set to a very low number) when we want to test how some logic will perform after a timeout has occured and don’t want to wait 10 minutes for the standard timeout. This is especially helpful for projects that use restart logic or have redirects that take them out of the survey to a 3rd party and then back into the survey.

To find out about this URL item and more look here
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/spssdc/v6r0m1/topic/com.spss.ddl/interviewscripting_properties_table.htm

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