Scripting Guide > Introduction > What JSL Can Do for You
Publication date: 08/13/2020

What JSL Can Do for You

JMP can automatically save scripts to reproduce any data table or analysis in its current state. You can pause anytime in your analysis to save a script to a script window (or script editor), in a data table, or in an analysis report. You can then modify the script as needed for future projects. When you are finished with your work, you can then save a script to reproduce your final results.

Here are some examples where JSL scripts can be helpful:

Suppose you need to describe an analysis process in detail, from beginning to end. An example is to create an audit trail for a governing agency, or for peers reviewing your journal article.

Suppose you have a set of analysis steps that should be followed routinely by your lab technicians.

Suppose you fit the same model to new data every day, and the steps are always the same.

You can use JMP interactively as usual, save scripts to reproduce your work, and in the future run those scripts to reproduce your results.

There are a few things that JSL is not designed to do:

JMP cannot record scripts while you are working. Though script-recording is a useful feature in some other scripting languages, it is less important for software like JMP, where the results are what matter. You cannot use script-recording to observe how a sequence of interactive steps is performed.

JSL is not an alternative command-line interface for using the program.

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