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Mitchell Johnston
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July 21, 2019 2:12 am  

As many of you know, I use Linux/UNIX and have done so for over 30+ years. Once in a while I stumble across something that still blows me away. Enter VisiData, this is "an interactive multi tool for tabular data". I have on my website a page for Linux/UNIX folks, that contains three data sets: The KJV, Treasury Of Scripture Knowledge, and Strong's concordance. I was planning at some point to write a front end to them,  and then I found this.

It runs under Windows, Mac, Linux, etc... It is NOT graphical, but text based display. If you go to YouTube, you can find (click the link), demos of how it is used. The website also has documentation and a tutorial.

This will give you the ability to do any kind of research you can think of. I do like having websites like http://thekingsbible.com/ and http://tsk-online.com/ bookmarked, but having access to tools that do not require the web is a big plus. Especially going forward as thing get crazier. 

I have installed it on Linux (laptop) and on my cell phone threw Termux. If you are not a Linux user, that may be a bit much, but using it on Windows, and Mac should be fine.

I realize that you can use many Bible programs, but you are 'locked' into them. This will let you do so much more. Watch the clips on YouTube to get an idea. It also will work with just about any major  data format. I was able to do a histogram data analysis of the words in the Bible "on the fly" in 2 seconds. You will find this most useful, it can even create data sets from any website page containing a table.

I hope this is of value to you guys. It is quickly becoming one of my favorite 'go to' tools.

Mitch - crn.hopto.org

Galatians 6:9-10 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.


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