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Re: st: Stata 9.0?


From   Richard Williams <Richard.A.Williams.5@nd.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Stata 9.0?
Date   Fri, 22 Oct 2004 09:21:42 -0500

At 08:43 AM 10/22/2004 -0500, William Gould, Stata wrote:
Nelson Lim <nlim@rand.org> wrote

> Someone told me today that Stata 9.0 is coming out soon. True?

No.  Stata 8 shipped January 2003 and, historically, there has been a new
Stata release every couple of years, so someone probably made a guess based
on that.

Shortly after Stata 8 shipped, however, I mentioned that we were moving away
from a 2-year schedule and that, in addition, we would release more new
features via the -update- facility during the release.  You have seen that
more recently with Stata's new time-series features.  If we were following the
2-year schedule, we would have held those new features to be part of Stata 9.
Instead, we made them available via -update- and there is a new time-series
manual for those who are interested.
I like this policy, mostly because it gives you new stuff for free. But beyond that, it can take a long time to get an entire institution to update its software. And as an individual user, it is a little easier for me to type -update all- than it is to install from scratch. Plus, as soon as you do the new release, you will start seeing all these ado files that say -version 9- and everyone who hasn't updated will be out of luck. That is not to say you never release a new version, but personally I find it really annoying when new versions are too frequent and it takes time and money to get modest improvements.

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