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Re: io-2.4.13 released

From: Philip Nienhuis
Subject: Re: io-2.4.13 released
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:29:42 +0200
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Kai Torben Ohlhus wrote:
On 10/18/19 5:30 PM, PhilipNienhuis wrote:

I wouldn't be surprised if the spreadsheet I/O in the io package is among
the most used of all OF package functions. FWIW, the vast majority of io
package bug reports was about .xls and .xlsx; bug reports for .ods have been
very scarce. Adding in JWE's observation (expressed at an OctConf 2018
lecture) that the user base mostly cares about Matlab compatibility I think
we'd just have to yield to spreadsheet I/O function names starting with
"xls", at least for the time being. Whether in an OF package or in core
wouldn't matter.

Thank you for the new release Philip.  Sure, Octave without the io
toolbox would be by far less attractive for many former Matlab and
current MS Windows users, that no longer have a Matlab license, but tons
of "old" Matlab code reading spreadsheet data by "xlsread".
Unfortunately, for many of those users the words "data" and "MS Excel
spreadsheets" are still synonyms.  But hopefully things might change in
the future and we can go Olafs and my desire.

... and mine desire as well.
I sometimes frown upon the way Octave tends to mimick Matlab beyond just code compatibility. But I guess in the end the user base dictates so.


For readTable() and friends Octave needs to have the Table class
implemented. To my knowlegde there are no definite plans for that; there is
a prospect of a start by Markus Bergholz somewhere in (IIRC) the bug
tracker, from several years back.

Regarding this, I want to remind of Andrews project [1].

Thanks, I forgot about that. Yeah, an impressive piece of work. But, still no Table I/O there AFAICS. On github (or gitlab?) I saw a readTable() that effectively is a wrapper for xlsread. Could be a temporary solution.

Note that on Matlab, "If your system does not have Excel ..., the [readTable] importing function .... reads only .xls, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xltx, and .xltm files" and "... with Excel® software, the [readTable] importing function reads any Excel spreadsheet file format recognized by your version of Excel" (https://nl.mathworks.com/help/matlab/ref/readtable.html).
I'm sure Octave (= we) can do better :-)


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