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Unix text editor issues (was: st: mulitple comments using // and #d;)
Comments on two related messages, regarding the editing of Stata files
on Unix, follow:
On Sep 1, 2006, at 5:07 PM, SamL wrote:
Second, those who write code on a unix box with few bells and whistles
I write code on a Unix box, and I'm afraid I don't follow your logic.
There exist Unix editors that offer syntax highlighting -- see the Text
Editors with Stata FAQ:
(e.g., color) are seriously advantaged by being able to specify their
Even the lowly nano editor -- which I must confess I use frequently in
Unix -- offers syntax highlighting:
If you haven't yet tried a text editor with syntax highlighting, I
think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the productivity boost.
Beyond that, I personally do not find it easier to recognize that a
line is continuing by the absence of ; than by the presence of /// --
but of course, YMMV. I find that aligning all /// code in the far
right-hand column, along with indenting continuing lines, makes it very
easy to skim my code and see exactly which commands are on multiple
lines -- whether or not syntax highlighting is enabled.
On Sep 1, 2006, at 5:46 PM, Dimitriy V. Masterov wrote:
As I hinted above, I am not a vim (nor emacs) connoisseur /
evangelist. However, I suspect it should be possible, through some
clever use of regexp (interacting with ruby, perl, etc.?) to create a
command that toggles in the way you need with the // notation. Someone
with much more experience with vim will have to help you there.
The reason that I care about this issue that I reserve "/*...*/"
comments for substantive comments, and use a Vim text editor script to
comment out parts of code using "//". This is why using ";" at the end
of the last line is not an option: it makes toggling comments
impossible. For this purpose, however,
works like a charm. The "//" behavior is still a mystery.
But I still would aver that it is easier to avoid using -delimit-
altogether, and toggle all your comments with // -- including those in
the middle of a line. One additional advantage of using /// for line
continuations is that it also serves as a comment delimiter for any
text placed after it on a line. I use this approach to place comments
in the midst of 10 - 15 line graph commands, in order to later remind
myself (or my RAs) why a particular graph option is specified the way
it is. Hope this helps.
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