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st: a humble plea - text editors
It always amazes me to observe how many good text editors are available.
Nonetheless, I was surprised that no one mentioned my favorites.
Ultra-Edit is an excellent choice for Windows sufferers. It features a
configuration option for Stata syntax highlighting. This is currently
stuck in version 7, but the syntax file is available for user
modification. Maybe I should do a thorough update to version 9, but for
now I have merely added /// to highlight to-end-of-line text as comments.
Ultra-Edit also has a "Project" setup that helps me organize my various
do-files, logs, and dictionaries.
For large files, I use VEdit. The user interface is rudimentary compared
to Ultra-Edit, but for tasks such as replacing semi-colons with commas
in a four million record text file, there is nothing better. VEdit is a
"disk-based" editor, so no file is too big.
VEdit also does EBCDIC conversions.
David Wesley, M.D.
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