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From   "Ari Friedman" <ari_friedman@harvard.edu>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: statalist-digest V4 #2444
Date   Wed, 30 Aug 2006 12:50:18 -0400

Apropos, I wrote a quick note to Friedrich a few days ago to let him know
that his scripts work fine with SciTE.  He asked me to post the results
here, as I do now.

> Dear Friedrich,
>   I just wanted to thank you for making your AutoIt Stata integration
scripts available, and to let you know that they work just fine with my
favorite text editor, SciTE, as well.  After making the file paths and
window names agree with my system's settings as you described, the only
other thing that is necessary is to add the following lines to the
SciTEGlobal.properties file in the SciTE installation directory
(c:\progra~1\SciTE on my computer).
>
> command.name.1.$(file.patterns.stata)=Run file in Stata
> command.1.$(file.patterns.stata)=rundo.exe $(FilePath)
>  command.is.filter.1.$(file.patterns.stata)=1
> command.subsystem.1.$(file.patterns.web)=2
> command.quiet.1.$(file.patterns.web)=1
> command.name.2.$(file.patterns.stata)=Run lines in Stata 
> command.2.$(file.patterns.stata )=rundolines.exe
> command.is.filter.2.$(file.patterns.stata)=1
> command.subsystem.2.$(file.patterns.web)=2
>
> The two entries will then appear under the Tools menu, accessible via
Control-key shortcuts. 

The only thing I should add is that the version of the scripts I downloaded
referenced Stata 9.1, and I am running Stata 9.2, but that modification is
noted on the original site.  Jeff's altered scripts look like they will work
for SciTE as well; although I have not yet tried them, they do sound useful.

Best,
Ari


~~~~~
Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2006 01:21:40 -0400
From: "Jeffrey Arnold" <jeffrey.arnold@gmail.com>
Subject: st: Integrating Stata and external text editors

Dear all,

I have made a few modifcations to the Friedrich Huebler scripts for
integrating Stata and external text editors
(http://huebler.info/2005/20050310_Stata_editor.html ), and I thought
I might share them with everybody.

My version has two major differences from the rundo.au3 and
rundolines.au3 scripts.
Instead of hardcoding the "do " statement, the script will pass all
the the arguments it receives (via the $CmdLineRaw variable)  to the
Stata command line.

For example, the syntax used to call the program is:

Send2Stata.exe display "Hello, world!"
Send2Stata.exe do foo.do
Send2Stata.exe run foo.do

Secondly, the location of the Stata executable and Stata window title
are specified in an .ini file (which must be in the same directory as
the script).  This means that the code in the script should not need
to be altered, although it still needs to be compiled from the source.
 Some other parameters are also specified in the ini file to control
the behavior of the script.

Some other differences are:
    * If the browser or data editor windows are open when the script
is called, the script will close them.  Stata will still require a yes
or no answer if data has been changed before the script can continue.
     * If there is no open Stata window, the script will pass the
command to Stata via the command line, rather than opening Stata and
then pasting the command in the Stata command line window.
    * By default, it returns focus to the text editor after running
things in Stata. This mimics the behavior of the do-editor.

Jeff Arnold

Below are the sources for Send2Stata.au3 and Send2Stata.ini.

Send2Stata.au3
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
#comments-start
;
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
AutoIt Version: 3.1.0
Script:           Send2Stata.au3
Author:         Jeffrey Arnold (jeffrey DOT arnold AT gmail DOT com)

Script Function:
    Execute text in a currently opened Stata gui session.

Usage:

Before using you will need to compile this script into an exe using
AutoIt. See http://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3/docs/intro/compiler.htm.

Edit Send2Stata.ini to include the correct path to your Stata
executable and the title of you Stata gui window.

You call this script from the command line with all the arguments
being passed to
Stata as a command. For example:
      Send2Stata.exe display "Hello, world!"
      Send2Stata.exe do foo.do

To use Send2Stata with a text editor you will need to call the script
from your text editor
of choice.  This script does not work with text editors which would require
the
path to be extracted from the title of the editor window.

This is an example of a function to call Send2Stata from gVim.

    let s:StSend2stata = "C:/program\
files/vim/ftplugin/stata/Send2Stata.exe"
    let b:tempfn = tempname()

    function! Send2Stata(args)
      exe 'silent !start '.s:StSend2Stata.' '.a:args
    endfuntion

    " Do the entire do-file, or a selection of lines
    com! -buffer -range=% -nargs=0 StDo
      \ exe "<line1>,<line2>w! ".b:tmpfn  |
      \ call Send2Stata('do "'.b:tmpfn.'"')

Credits:
This script is based off of Friedrich Huebler's  rundo.au3 and
rundolines.au3 scripts posted
at http://huebler.info/2005/20050310_Stata_editor.html. It also builds
off of earlier work by Dimitriy Masterov for integrating Stata with
Vim http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2004-06/msg00699.html .
Ben Collerson's external.exe gave me the idea to use an ini file
(http://bur.st/~benc/?p=external).
;
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
#comments-end

;Location of the init file
$init = @ScriptDir & "\Send2Stata.ini"

;Stata Paths and Window Text
$statawin =  IniRead($init,"Stata","StataWin","Intercooled Stata 9")
$statapath = IniRead($init,"Stata","StataExe","C:\program
files\stata9\wstata.exe")

;Behavior
$shortWait = IniRead($init,"Behaviour","ShortWait",10)
$focus =  IniRead($init,"Behavior","ReturnFocus",0)
$stataloadup =  IniRead($init,"Behavior","StataLoadWait",500)
Opt("SendKeyDelay", 1)
Opt("WinWaitDelay", $shortWait)

; Parsing arguments
$command = $CmdLineRaw

; Get the handle of the currently active window, i.e. gvim
; this will be used to return focus later
Opt("WinTitleMatchMode",4)
$handle = WinGetHandle("active","")

; If more than one Stata window is open, the window
; that was most recently active will be matched
Opt("WinTitleMatchMode",2)

; Check if Stata is already open, run it if not
If WinExists($statawin) Then
    ; Closing Data browser and editor before sending stuff
    If WinExists("Data Browser") Then
        WinClose("Data Browser")
        WinWaitClose("Data Browser")
    ElseIf WinExists("Data Editor") Then
        WinClose("Data Editor")
        WinWaitClose("Data Editor")
    EndIf
    WinActivate($statawin)
    WinWaitActive($statawin)
    ; Activate Stata Command Window and select text (if any)
    Send("^4")
    ; Ctl-A was giving me problems so I used ESC instead
    Send("{ESC}")
    ; Run saved do-file
    ; Putting it in clipboard and copying is faster than sending key strokes
    ClipPut($command)
    Send("^v{Enter}")
Else
    ; if no window open
    If FileExists($statapath) Then
        ; open stata from the command line
        Run($statapath & ' ' & $command)
    Else
        MsgBox(0+16,"", $statapath & " not found")
    EndIf
EndIf

; Return focus to text editor
If $focus Then
    ; will not return focus to gvim unless paused to let Stata load
    Sleep($stataloadup)
    WinActivate($handle)
EndIf


Example Send2Stata.ini file
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
;---------------------------------------------------------------------------
---
; Send2Stata.exe configuration file.
; Copyleft 2006 Jeffrey Arnold
;---------------------------------------------------------------------------
---

[Stata]
;---------------------------------------------------------------------------
---
; Location of Stata Executable
;---------------------------------------------------------------------------
---
StataExe=c:\Program Files\stata9\wsestata.exe

;---------------------------------------------------------------------------
---
; Title of Stata Window
;---------------------------------------------------------------------------
---
StataWin=Stata/SE 9.2

[Behavior]
;---------------------------------------------------------------------------
---
; ReturnFocus
;---------------------------------------------------------------------------
---
; Returns focus back to editor after executing text, set to 0 to keep focus
on
; Stata after sending a command to the Stata window.
;---------------------------------------------------------------------------
---
; Default = 1
;---------------------------------------------------------------------------
---
;ReturnFocus = 0

;---------------------------------------------------------------------------
---
; ShortWait
;---------------------------------------------------------------------------
---
; Increase this value if some applications do not copy or paste text
; quickly enough and the editor starts up with no/wrong text.
;---------------------------------------------------------------------------
---
; Default = 10
;---------------------------------------------------------------------------
---
;ShortWait=10


;---------------------------------------------------------------------------
---
; StataLoadWait
;---------------------------------------------------------------------------
---
; How long to wait for Stata to Load before trying to return focus to editor
;---------------------------------------------------------------------------
---
; Default = 500
;---------------------------------------------------------------------------
---
;StataLoadWait


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