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Re: st: What is the proper way of modifying user-created ado-files. . .


From   Maarten buis <maartenbuis@yahoo.co.uk>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: What is the proper way of modifying user-created ado-files. . .
Date   Thu, 19 Nov 2009 23:10:42 +0000 (GMT)

--- On Thu, 19/11/09, Joachim Landström wrote:
> Should not the same standards adhere to "good" Stata
> programming style? Is it not important to write code which
> is more or less self explanatory so that it may be evaluated
> by peers without undue effort? Isn't this really a basic
> need if Stata programs aspire to yield credit at our
> universities too?

There is no doubt that good style is good, but fact is that 
there is no way that writing programs will count as a "serious" 
academic activity in the institutions that I know, however good 
we are going to cite, document, referee our own and each others 
code. So for me, writing code is a hobby, and I cannot afford 
to spent the time and effort to become a professional: it would 
do too much harm to my academic career. I am affraid that the 
same is true for most people who have contributed programs.

-- Maarten

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Maarten L. Buis
Institut fuer Soziologie
Universitaet Tuebingen
Wilhelmstrasse 36
72074 Tuebingen
Germany

http://www.maartenbuis.nl
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