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Why no option SaveDefinitions in DynamicModule?

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  • Subject: [mg79986] Why no option SaveDefinitions in DynamicModule?
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2007 01:46:32 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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Manipulate allows the option SaveDefinitions->True. If the Manipulate 
expression depends upon objects defined outside it, using this option 
can be advantageous: If you evaluate the Manipulate and then save the 
notebook and open it at a new session, the output from Manipulate will 
still be "live"; you do not have to evaluate those outside definitions 

I'd like to accomplish the same thing in a DynamicModule. Unfortunately, 
SaveDefinitions is not a legal option for DynamicModule.  There is a 
work-around in that DynamicModule allows the option
Initialization for local variables, which could be function definitions.

But using Initialization in a DynamicModule necessitates moving inside 
DynamicModule all the definitions you really want outside it. Indeed, if 
you're going to use Initialization, you might as well just use a 
compound expression as the second argument to DynamicModule, giving the 
definitions required.

This defeats the neat way that Manipulate's SaveDefinitions option keeps 
the main function shorter and allows modularizing the code.

Is there some other way to keep the other definitions outside 
DynamicModule and yet have the same effect as Manipulate's SaveDefinition?

Or is this just an unintended (or intended!) design limitation?

Murray Eisenberg                     murray at
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