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st: RE: Wishlist - Intellisense-like real time context for Stata programming

From   Nick Cox <>
To   "''" <>
Subject   st: RE: Wishlist - Intellisense-like real time context for Stata programming
Date   Fri, 13 May 2011 15:58:03 +0100

Naturally, anyone can make suggestions. 

My own guess is that this is most unStataish and has negligible probability of being implemented as part of official Stata. If it is implemented, no doubt there would be a setting 

. set popup off

Not implementing it would not of course be a denial that Stata can be tough to master, but would reflect a StataCorp preference to provide support in other styles. 

Clearly, I don't speak for StataCorp; this is just an empirical prediction based on following Stata for a fair while. 

Other than when promising bug fixes and announcing precisely what's in the next release (date still not known, so please don't ask), StataCorp tend not to make promises or comment on implementation ideas. 


Matthew Parkes

I guess that this may well have been covered, but I thought it was worth asking. I just wanted to voice an idea I had, as a suggestion to Stata developers.

I've been learning Stata for around 6-7 months now, and I find the online support and user-written programs a really help in getting to grips with Stata quickly. However, one thing that I thought could be really handy to implement in successive versions (although I'm not sure how much of a task this may be) would be some sort of reflective autocorrection, like Microsoft's Intellisense in Visual Studio. I found that the little popups you get in Visual Studio to really help when writing out unfamiliar commands, and speed up learning of code massively. 

I'm currently using Notepad++ as my text editor, and am aware that other solutions may have already been implemented (for example, in Emacs maybe?), however I'm not too sure if they exist, and if they do, how to implement them.


As I said, this was just a suggestion, so any information/help/ideas would be great.

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