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From   "Nick Winter" <nwinter@policystudies.com>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: Re: RE: Utility for Changing Directories
Date   Tue, 29 Oct 2002 08:28:45 -0500

As others have noted:

--command names under four characters are discouraged 

--command names that are English/American words are discouraged

--the -cmdname- command exists to register (ie, lay claim to) commands
that meet those rules and are not previously registered

-- -cmdname- is little-used

--there is no guarantee that multiple (different) programs with the same
name will be on the internet; although there will only be one program
with a given name on the SSC archives, and those programs won't conflict
with official stata and STB/SJ, as far as I know.

--Assuming you don't mess radically with your -adopath-, official Stata
commands, whether released before or after a user-written program, will
preempt the user-written command.  This is a good thing; but it does
mean you run the risk of having your program disappear if you give it a
short, English, and/or unregistered name.  (In fact, Stata reserves the
right to preempt your registered name too, but you will receive
warning.)

My program 'c' has existed on my personal system for a while as 'c',
which caused me no problems, since I do not have Ulrich Kohler's
calculator program of the same name.  When I decided to post it
publicly, via SSC, I decided to keep the name, since the whole point of
the program is to save keystrokes when changing directories, I didn't
want to name it something longer.

I did search using "findit c", as is my general practice before
submitting a program to SSC.  This will assure that the program name is
not official Stata, published in STB/SJ, or already on the SSC site.  It
will also turn up some other programs in the public domain.  This search
did not turn up Ulrich Kohler's pocket-calculator 'c', although it is
possible I missed it in the blizzard of results from that query.

Based on that, I decided to risk the wrath of StataCorp when they
release their own 'c', and/or of people harboring other programs called
'c'.

Cheers,
Nick Winter


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Don Spady [mailto:dspady@ualberta.ca] 
> Sent: Monday, October 28, 2002 5:03 PM
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: st: Re: RE: Utility for Changing Directories
> 
> 
> I tried to install this and got the message that c.ado and 
> c.hlp already
> existed and were different.
> Trying them out brings up a calculator command.  This is in 
> stbplus.  I
> didn't write it.
> Perhaps I downloaded it at some time in the past.
> The comment I have is: "is there some convention for not 
> using the same
> names for programs"
> Don Spady
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ronnie Babigumira" <ronnie.babigumira@ios.nlh.no>
> To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
> Sent: Monday, October 28, 2002 14:36
> Subject: st: RE: Utility for Changing Directories
> 
> 
> > Many thanks to Nick (and all whom he has thanked) for this 
> utility. I
> think
> > it is really handy and nice
> >
> > Ronnie
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> > [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu]On Behalf Of 
> Nick Winter
> > Sent: 28. oktober 2002 20:14
> > To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> > Subject: st: Utility for Changing Directories
> >
> >
> > Thanks to Kit Baum, my utility -c.ado- is now available from the SSC
> > archives.  It is stored in a package calls 'fastcd', 
> because a package
> > name of 'c' causes problems.  So, to find out more, type
> >
> > . ssc desc fastcd
> >
> > or to install, type
> >
> > . ssc inst fastcd
> >
> > This utility facilitates changing to frequently-used 
> directories within
> > Stata.  The program allows you to associate short mnemonic 
> codes with
> > directory paths, and change to a directory simply by typing, for
> > example,
> >
> > . c myproj
> >
> > rather than typing, for example,
> >
> > . cd "C:\My Data\annoyingly\long\directory\path\name\myproj"
> >
> > Typing "c" by itself on the command line lists the database 
> of mnemonic
> > codes and their associated directories...and, as a special 
> bonus, the
> > mnemonics are listed in blue, meaning you can click on one 
> to change to
> > that directory.
> >
> > The program should work on non-Windows systems, but I've boxed up my
> > home iMac to make way for a baby nurshery, so I couldn't 
> test it to be
> > absolutely sure.  Therefore, I'd especially appreciate any feedback,
> > especially from *nix or Mac users.
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Nick Winter
> >
> >
> > -----------------------------------------------------------
> >  Nicholas Winter, Ph.D.                     P 202.939.5343
> >  Policy Studies Associates                  F 202.939.5732
> >  1718 Connecticut Avenue, NW     nwinter@policystudies.com
> >  Washington, DC 20009-1148           www.policystudies.com
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