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Re: st: Dialog Programming

From   "Sergiy Radyakin" <>
Subject   Re: st: Dialog Programming
Date   Tue, 29 Jul 2008 16:47:19 -0400

Dear Martin,

Stata's dialog programming language is described here:

This document is updated regularly, so check back every month or so.
Unfortunately, there is no "last updated" reference there, so it is
your responsibility to find out what has changed since last revision,
if anything.

Best regards,
   Sergiy Radyakin

On 7/29/08, Martin Weiss <> wrote:
> Dear Statalisters,
> an issue that I failed to bring up at the recent "wishes and grumbles" at
> the SNASUG meeting is the complexity of dialog programming. It seems to me
> that few authors of user-written software make the effort to write them.
> Exceptions are, for instance, -ssc d eclplot- and -ssc d psmatch2-. Usage of
> a command, particularly for new users, is facilitated by dialogs. In fact,
> Stata is proud of the availability of dialog boxes and a simultaneous
> command line and programming capability. Now, experienced users can master
> official Stata, apart from complicated graphs, from the command line. But
> the user-written software, which often covers functionality that you need
> only rarely (but then badly), comes largely without the benefit of a dialog
> box to guide users.
> To provide a good example of the issue at hand, -ssc d tabout- is a
> wonderful command that I tend to use about once a week. This frequency is
> just about enough to maintain awareness of the command, but not enough to
> remember all the pitfalls, particularly the incompatibility between options.
> If I had a dialog box that took care of the interplay between options, that
> would make my life a lot easier. Is there any good place for authors to
> start their dialog programming effort (apart from
> If not, why not? If so, why are they not rushing to use it?
> Martin
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