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*slowing down* a Mathematica process (Dynamic/Refresh question)

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  • Subject: [mg101100] *slowing down* a Mathematica process (Dynamic/Refresh question)
  • From: Michael Stern <nycstern at>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2009 06:31:23 -0400 (EDT)

I hope to use Mathematica as an interface to an outside process, in 
which it periodically polls an outside data source and performs 
calculations on the data. The problem is, the loop is quick and 
Mathematica polls the outside datasource too often. UpdateInterval does 
not help (I think it effects how often the updated results are 
displayed, but the polling continues as quickly as Mathematica can do 
it). Adding a call to Pause[] doesn't help either, as it causes the 
entire session to freeze and become unusable.

I have tried this a variety of ways, getting the same behavior each 
time. A schematic of one version of the code appears below

 Dynamic[Refresh[FinishDynamic[]; holder = callToOutsideDataFeed[], 
UpdateInterval -> 1]]

Are there any Dynamic/Refresh gurus out there who can help?

Thank you,

Michael Stern

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