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Re: st: simply start over and build something better


From   Anders Alexandersson <andersalex@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: simply start over and build something better
Date   Wed, 15 Sep 2010 16:51:20 -0400

Interesting thought. The "new" graphics in version 8 would be another example.
Eventually, 3D graphics will be added and that would be a major
enhancement. Maybe in Stata 12? :-)
Improved table commands could be another major "structural" enhancement.
I guess that the work on factor variables for Stata 11 was difficult.

Anders
andersalex@gmail.com

On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 1:06 PM, Stas Kolenikov <skolenik@gmail.com> wrote:
> Came randomly across a blog entry on R:
> http://xianblog.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/simply-start-over-and-build-something-better/
>
> I wonder if Stata Corp. starts over and builds something better from
> time to time. The two major rearrangements of the code that I am aware
> of are the move towards Mata overt the last five or so years, and code
> multi-threading for MP flavors. Stata does not seem to suffer from the
> problems discussed in the above blog entry: the scope of everything is
> well defined in both Stata and Mata, and Mata calls by reference
> rather than by value (while Stata only deals with the data in memory
> plus a small assortment of locals... at least insofar you don't touch
> classes).
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