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"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> |

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<statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

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st: RE: recommendation for learning to write Stata ado-files |

Date |
Tue, 3 Jun 2008 17:53:04 +0100 |

The User's Guide [U] is invaluable. [P] is less important for initial learning, important as you progress. At some point the question of whether to learn Mata as well as Stata will arise. Looking at other programs and help files is invaluable. Often somebody else's program is an excellent starting point. (Of course, you should acknowledge what you borrow.) It's a bit invidious to pick from user-written books: nevertheless Kit Baum's forthcoming book is very good. (Declaration of interest.) Getting to write do files before you write programs and getting used to writing little programs before you write large ones are usually advisable. People who haven't programmed before sometimes under-estimate how difficult it can be. If you are not a detail-driven person accustomed to being very careful about small points as well as large ones, programming can be very frustrating. Even if you are, it can be very frustrating. On the other hand, programming can be a lot of fun as well as useful. Being able to customise what you do is very rewarding. -----Original Message----- From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Andrea Bennett Does anyone have a good starting point for learning how to write ado- files (in case it is part of the Stata manuals, I don't have them!). Is there a book you would recommend? Or do you usually just learn by looking at existing ado-files? / * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: st: RE: recommendation for learning to write Stata ado-files***From:*Maarten buis <maartenbuis@yahoo.co.uk>

**Re: st: RE: recommendation for learning to write Stata ado-files***From:*Andrea Bennett <mac.stata@gmail.com>

**st: RE: RE: recommendation for learning to write Stata ado-files***From:*"Rodrigo Alfaro A." <ralfaro@bcentral.cl>

**Re: st: RE: recommendation for learning to write Stata ado-files***From:*Michael McCulloch <mm@pinest.org>

**References**:**st: recommendation for learning to write Stata ado-files***From:*Andrea Bennett <mac.stata@gmail.com>

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