Sitting on my desk chair, which is an exercise ball, and reading lengthy documents is not like curling up in an armchair by the fireplace with a good book. My daughter gave me a Kindle for Christmas, so I've been experimenting with a better way to read computerized documents.
Newer versions of the Kindle can handle PDF documents. (IIRC, the original Kindle could not.) It is easy to get a PDF such as the
Programming and Data Management book onto the Kindle. Download it to your computer, attach the Kindle and copy it to the documents directory just as you would do any file copy.
Then open the document on the Kindle, get out your magnifying glass, and you are all set :-( Resizing the page to fit the Kindle screen does not produce a happy reading experience. But if you enlarge it via Zoom, you have to scroll the whole page on every line. The trick is to use the Aa key and rotate the page. You then see short pages, but you see whole lines, and, at least to my eyes, the text is reasonably readable.
Much nicer than reading on my computer screen.
The Scripting, Python plugin, and R documents are all PDFs, as is the Command Syntax Reference, so you can have your whole SPSS Statistics documentation arsenal at your fingertips. If you don't know where these files live, open them from the Help menu and use Acrobat to locate them.
I hope this is a useful tip, but I can't help you with the fireplace.
This blog has been dormant for a while as we worked through the issues with the SPSS Developer Central migration into the IBM myDeveloperWorks site.
That has now happened, although some important content remains to be migrated, and the blog is back!
Developer Central has been around for almost five years, but we have never had the flexibility and tools to organize and deliver all the content in the way that would best serve the community of developers and users of SPSS Statistics and other SPSS products. With the new site (The SPSS Community if you are not already there) we have better tools and more control over the site organization. So we hope that users will find it more useful and easier to use. It has many downloads, forums, links to other resources, and this blog. It's also more of a two-way street, since anyone (who joins the community) can post comments about items and add their own content. (You need to send me an email with a link to the content in order to get it connected.)
We aim to broaden the content to include material for products other than SPSS Statistics, too. Right now, most of the content is for Statistics with some items for Data Collection, but we want that to grow. There is a new forum specifically for suggestions about this community. You can find the forums from the link in the community overview. We would like to hear from you. Besides the SPSS Community, DeveloperWorks hosts gazillions of items for other IBM technologies, so explore those, too. Well, maybe not all the gazillions, but you are bound to find interesting things as you wander around the site.