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Re: "Skip this Input cell" module?

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  • Subject: [mg68860] Re: "Skip this Input cell" module?
  • From: AES <siegman at>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2006 03:28:28 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Stanford University
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Suppose at the start of a notebook one defines two functions 

      doCell[expr_] = expr ;  skipCell[expr_] = Null ;

      (or maybe   skipCell[expr_] = Print["Input skipped"] )

that are intended to be wrapped around the full contents of certain 
Input cells in order to temporarily allow or suppress execution of those 
particular Input cells.

Assuming the Input cells always contain a proper sequence of executable 
expressions, will these definitions have any hidden "gotchas"?

Would they be better defined with = or := ?  (or as Modules?)

Should the argument be [expr_]  or  [expr_Expression]?  (Is Expression a 
Head?  The Mathematica Book doesn't seem to be totally clear about this.)

Any other hidden gotchas if one defines instead

   doCell[test_, expr_] = If[test, expr, Print["input skipped"]];

Thanks for advice and counsel.

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