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RE: st: 64 bit Stata for the Mac /feature request


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: 64 bit Stata for the Mac /feature request
Date   Sun, 15 Jun 2008 18:07:38 +0100

FWIW, I think this analysis is spot on. Naturally, I'm happy if users
get the extra features they want, either in the do-file editor or in
interfacing external editors and Stata, but many requests of this kind
seem to overlook these simple facts. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

Phil Schumm

[...] 

The question of whether StataCorp should add features to its do-file  
editor has been addressed several times before on the list.  As  
several have noted, many of the users who find it inadequate would  
also find inadequate any editor except their preferred one.  These  
users want to be able to use the same text editor for everything  
(e.g., data-analytic work, coding, writing, etc.), and have invested  
considerable effort in learning how to use their text editor  
efficiently and/or customizing it to suit their needs.  StataCorp may  
decide to add features to their do-file editor in the future (since,  
clearly, there are a lot of users who use it), however my suggestion  
would be to take your preferred editor and figure out how to use it  
well with Stata; that way, you'll be happy whatever StataCorp does.

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