RE: [S] Warning: GUI Spreadsheet editor full of bugs

Gunter, Bert (bert_gunter@merck.com)
Tue, 29 Sep 1998 12:32:32 -0400


All:
Norm Olsen's Post reminds me that I must publicly eat crow. With patient and
UNsolicited help from Mathsoft Technical support, we discovered that somehow
some of the critical _prefs files in my latest patch got corrupted and that
is WHY I experienced the problems I did. Once I reloaded the clean default
files, things worked as they should have. So IT WAS MY PROBLEM, not
S-Plus's. GUI away, if you will.

However, as a weak defense, given the GUI complexity, the lack of
documentation on how and where various preferences are stored and
intereract, and the arcaneness (??) of the error messages, there was no way
I could have figured this out on my own. I continue to believe that the
attempt by S-PLus to capture so much of the richness and flexibility of
S-Plus's (command) capabilities in a GUI that still somehow communicates and
maintains consitsncy with the object -oriented environment has produced
mixed results. I shall therefore continue to stick with commands almost
exclusively.

-- Bert Gunter
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