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Re: RE: st: Stata 10.1


From   "Sergiy Radyakin" <serjradyakin@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: RE: st: Stata 10.1
Date   Thu, 14 Aug 2008 12:16:30 -0400

Seems like old syntax was not bad at all.

How about the -menu- command mentioned earlier?
Is it "window menu ...." now? or is it "wmenu"?

. which menu
command menu not found as either built-in or ado-file
r(111);

. which wmenu
built-in command:  wmenu

(there is no help for wmenu)

Thank you, Sergiy


On 8/14/08, William Gould, StataCorp LP <wgould@stata.com> wrote:
> David Kantor <kantor.d@att.net> asked,
>
> > Speaking of the history of Stata, does anyone know what the reserved
> > word -with- is/was for?  It is a reserved word, but as far as I know,
> > there is no command that uses it. Or am I wrong about that?  Was it
> > ever used? For what?  If not, what was the intent?
>
> In a very early version of Stata, even before the release of Stata 1.0
> in January of 1985, the syntax of the -replace- command was
>
>        replace <varname> with <#> [in] [if]
>
> The "with <#>" part was replaced with "= <exp>" once we realized we
> could merge the code for -replace- and -generate-.
>
> The early syntax of Stata was based on a combination of Wylbur, CMS,
> Unix, and C.  -replace- (and -in-'s #, #/#, and #/l syntax) came from
> Wylbur.  Return codes -- and the r(); notation -- came from CMS, as
> did the recently mentioned (and long dead) -spool- command.  -spool-
> became -log-.  The idea behind -log- came from CMS.  The rest is pretty
> obviously Unix and C.
>
> -- Bill
> wgould@stata.com
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