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RE: st: Version control question

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: Version control question
Date   Mon, 3 Oct 2005 20:58:02 +0100

No doubt. There is a somewhat larger imperative
for users to realise that Stata marches on and 
most of its user-programmers march with it. Stay 
with your present version by all means, if cash 
is tight and it's adequate for your purpose, but 
recognise that increasingly you will not be able to use any 

It can be enough of a challenge
getting the code right without back translating 
to earlier versions. I now usually specify
version 8 or version 9: but never earlier as 
Stata made various changes to the language in Stata 8. 
which I never want to un-do. Having got 
used to newer rules about braces, comment lines, 
and so forth, I would not go back. Besides, 
why are programs made available? Mainly on the principle 
that "I found this useful, or amusing to write, 
and you may do so too". No more, no less. 

This principle, naturally, doesn't rule out the 
archiving of older versions. 


Richard Williams

> I currently have 
> Stata 7, 8, and 9 on my computer - there is no great need to 
> uninstall earlier versions unless you need the hard disk space.  If 
> you are willing to go to the hassle, users of older versions of Stata 
> will probably appreciate it if you don't limit your program 
> unnecessarily.

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