MathGroup Archive 2009

[Date Index] [Thread Index] [Author Index]

Search the Archive

Re: Output from a Dynamic Module

  • To: mathgroup at
  • Subject: [mg97779] Re: [mg97748] Output from a Dynamic Module
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2009 05:18:55 -0500 (EST)
  • Reply-to: jfultz at

On Fri, 20 Mar 2009 02:41:18 -0500 (EST), Hugh Goyder wrote:
> In the toy example below I have a dynamic module where I adjust
> Locator points to form a curve. When I have got a  nice set of points
> I would like to output them so that they can be used in other
> calculations. I have provided a button to do this but can't see the
> best way forward. Normally the output from a module is the last line
> but here this is not possible. I give a bad method by using a
> temporary file but what other methods are there? (And why does the
> temporary file I import get up-dated even when I don't press the
> button?)
> Thanks
> Hugh Goyder
> DynamicModule[{pts},
> pts = {{0, 0}, {1, 0}, {2, 0}, {3, 0}};
> Column[{
> Button["Assign points", Export["temp", Dynamic[pts], "List"]],
> LocatorPane[Dynamic[pts],
> Dynamic[
> Plot[Interpolation[pts][x], {x, 0, 3}, Frame -> True,
> Axes -> False, PlotRange -> {All, {-1, 1}}, ImageSize -> 7 72]]
> ]
> }]
> ]
> pp = Import["temp"]

First, you shouldn't be calling Export[] on Dynamic[pts].  You should be calling 
it on pts.  What you're exporting isn't the actual list of points, but a 
Mathematica expression contained in a Dynamic.  Try doing FilePrint["temp"] to 
see what I'm talking about.

I recommend reading a post of mine from last month on Dynamic which should help 
you to understand why that happened and why using Dynamic there was predictably 
a bad idea...

Of course, as you suspected, exporting to a temporary file is certainly not the 
most convenient way.  There's no reason that the Button[] can't interact with 
variables outside of the Dynamic interface.  You could have simply done this...

DynamicModule[{pts}, pts = {{0, 0}, {1, 0}, {2, 0}, {3, 0}};
 Column[{Button["Assign points", thePoints = pts], 
    Dynamic[Plot[Interpolation[pts][x], {x, 0, 3}, Frame -> True, 
      Axes -> False, PlotRange -> {All, {-1, 1}}, 
      ImageSize -> 7 72]]]}]]

and then you can see the output by simply evaluating 'thePoints'.

John Fultz
jfultz at
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

  • Prev by Date: R: Re: econometrics with mathematica?
  • Next by Date: Re: Compress timing with different data types
  • Previous by thread: Re: Output from a Dynamic Module
  • Next by thread: Orthogonazlie with Method->"Householder"