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From |
Andrea Bennett <mac.stata@gmail.com> |

To |
statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu |

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

Date |
Tue, 3 Jun 2008 19:31:50 +0200 |

Thank you for all the great inputs! It's a pity the student version of Stata does not come with the User's Guide included..

Kind regards,

Andrea

On Jun 3, 2008, at 6:53 PM, Nick Cox wrote:

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?

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**Follow-Ups**:**Re: st: RE: recommendation for learning to write Stata ado-files***From:*"Joao Ricardo F. Lima" <jricardofl@gmail.com>

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

**st: RE: recommendation for learning to write Stata ado-files***From:*"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>

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