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


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 19:57:16 +0200

Well, I have some experience in Java but that is quite some time in the past... It's just that I like to have those neat little solutions and there some more knowledge on this might help! I'll look into that article then!

Kind regards,

Andrea


On Jun 3, 2008, at 7:41 PM, Joao Ricardo F. Lima wrote:


Andrea,

See this .pdf of Kit Baum (Should you become a Stata Programmer?).
Itīs very interesting.

You can download it free from:

http://ideas.repec.org/p/boc/dsug07/00.html

Best,

Joao Ricardo

2008/6/3, Andrea Bennett <mac.stata@gmail.com>:
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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