Re: How to evaluate a notebook programmatically?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg98630] Re: How to evaluate a notebook programmatically?*From*: Vince <blueschi at gmail.com>*Date*: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 06:20:26 -0400 (EDT)*References*: <grupsj$rf$1@smc.vnet.net>

On Apr 13, 3:33 am, "Paul Ellsmore" <paul.ellsm... at nanion.co.uk> wrote: > Hi, > > In one notebook, "gui.nb", I have the code for a user interface. In anoth= er, > "functional.nb" I have around 3000 lines of code, in several hundred cell= s. > I want to click a button (or something similar) in gui.nb, and tell > Mathematica to execute all the cells in functional.nb. Functional.nb will > use values for global variables that have been assigned in gui.nb, and > gui.nb will display the results of the execution of functional.nb. Seems > straightforward. > > Now in functional.nb, we group all the cells together, so that we can > manually execute them all with a single shift-click. What is the > programmatical equivalent of this? I have looked through all the tutorial= s > etc on controlling notebooks from the front end, frontendtokens etc., but > nothing seems to do quite what I want. The options seem to be: > > Option 1. Merge all the cells in functional.nb, and assign that cell to a > Function, which can then be called from gui.nb. This is highly undesirabl= e, > because if an error occurs, we find out about it at the end of 3000 lines= of > code, with no idea where the error occurred. The cell structure in > Mathematica is just too valuable to throw away. I guess that using workbe= nch > might mitigate some of these issues, but that means my colleagues and I a= ll > having to learn a new (and complicated) tool. > > Option 2. Assign each of the (hundreds of!) cells to a separate function, > and call each of them in turn from gui.nb. A lot of hard work here with t= he > potential for errors in naming and ordering the functions in the two > notebooks, and probably an increase in execution time. > > Option 3. Make all the cells in functional.nb initialization cells, then = get > gui.nb to open functional.nb each time we want to evaluate it, and then > close it again. Very clunky, and again probably slow. > > I am sure there are better options than these? Any ideas? > > Thanks, > > Paul. > > Dr. Paul A. Ellsmore > > Nanion Limited > > Oxford Centre for Innovation > > Mill Street > > Oxford > > United Kingdom > > OX2 0JX > > Tel: +44 (0) 1865 811175 > > Fax: +44 (0) 1865 248594 > (* Get the notebook object. *) nb = First@Notebooks["functional*"]; (* Select all cells. *) SelectionMove[nb, All, Notebook]; (* Evaluate the selection. *) SelectionEvaluate@nb