UK Social research job to suit Excel programmer (not necessarily VBA)

Discussion in 'Python' started by Duncan Smith, May 29, 2004.

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    "Peter Hansen" <> wrote in message
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    > Duncan Smith wrote:
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    > > http://www.man.ac.uk/news/vacancies/research.html#581

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    > Sorry, but what's the connection to Python?


    There is (I am told) a significant amount of work automating Excel.
    Unfortunately this isn't clear from the job description (I didn't write it).
    I know from experience that this can be achieved admirably using Python (and
    Mark Hammond's extensions). Personally I would like to see the work done in
    Python, but that depends on who applies and whether those who make the
    decisions can be convinced that it's an appropriate language (well, moreso
    than VBA). It's certainly not a full-time programming job (due to the
    social science / modelling component), but it does need someone who can
    write good maintainable code.

    Duncan
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    Duncan Smith <> wrote:
    >
    > "Peter Hansen" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Duncan Smith wrote:
    > >
    > > > http://www.man.ac.uk/news/vacancies/research.html#581

    > >
    > > Sorry, but what's the connection to Python?

    >
    > There is (I am told) a significant amount of work automating Excel.
    > Unfortunately this isn't clear from the job description (I didn't
    > write it). I know from experience that this can be achieved admirably
    > using Python (and Mark Hammond's extensions). Personally I would like
    > to see the work done in Python, but that depends on who applies and
    > whether those who make the decisions can be convinced that it's an
    > appropriate language (well, moreso than VBA). It's certainly not a
    > full-time programming job (due to the social science / modelling
    > component), but it does need someone who can write good maintainable
    > code.


    Bash, Awk, Python are all good tools, and Math/Engineering would be good
    background to have. But, this is job for local undergraduate students,
    not outside programmer or consultants. :)

    --
    William Park, Open Geometry Consulting, <>
    Slackware -- because I can type.
    William Park, May 29, 2004
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    has Guest

    "Duncan Smith" <> wrote in message news:<c9a9k4$ffr$>...
    > "Peter Hansen" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Duncan Smith wrote:
    > >
    > > > http://www.man.ac.uk/news/vacancies/research.html#581

    > >
    > > Sorry, but what's the connection to Python?

    >
    > There is (I am told) a significant amount of work automating Excel.
    > Unfortunately this isn't clear from the job description (I didn't write it).
    > I know from experience that this can be achieved admirably using Python (and
    > Mark Hammond's extensions).


    If it's any help, the Mac version of Excel can also be scripted via
    Apple events. The most common language for this is AppleScript [no
    comment:p], but Apple Event Manager bridges are also available for
    Perl (see Mac::Glue at <http://search.cpan.org/~cnandor/>) and
    MacPython (see appscript at
    <http://freespace.virgin.net/hamish.sanderson/appscript.html>; not
    quite finished but getting there).
    has, May 29, 2004
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