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Re: st: Program within a Program

From   "Austin Nichols" <[email protected]>
To   "Kyle C Longest" <[email protected]>, [email protected]
Subject   Re: st: Program within a Program
Date   Wed, 1 Nov 2006 16:17:20 -0500

You can pass options to your second program the same way you would to
your main program:

prog testsub
syntax varlist(numeric)  [, mod2(varlist)]
sub `varlist', mod2(`mod2')
di "sub reports varlist (`mod2') forms " r(N) " groups"

prog sub, rclass
syntax varlist(numeric)  [, mod2(varlist)]
tempvar g
qui egen `g'=group(`mod2')
qui tab `g'
ret scalar N= `=r(r)'

sysuse auto
testsub mpg, mod2(rep78)
tab rep78
testsub mpg, mod2(for rep78)
tab for rep78

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On 11/1/06, Kyle C Longest <[email protected]> wrote:

I'm not sure if it's proper etiquette to reply individually but it
seems like it might be easier in this case.

Yes, I believe I am trying to do exactly what you described, and I took
a look through the manual and the example you pointed out. But I'm
still not 100% sure how to pass on arguments (or maybe I am and should
just try it).

So from my example how would I pass on `varlist' (coming from syntax in
master program) and `mod2' (from the options in syntax in master
program) macros to the subprogram (-spreadprog) from the master program.

Here's what I derived and if it's correct no need for a full reply. If
I save the programs together in the same .ado file, then when I call to
`varlist' and/or `mod2' will it recognize/use them from the master
program. [I tried to do just this but I was only working in .do files.
So will the transfer to .ado make the difference here?]

Thank you for all of your help, it is truly appreciated,

Quoting Austin Nichols <[email protected]>:

Do I understand that you are trying to define a -program- within the
definition of another program in a -program- -end- block?  The right
way to program is to write a bunch of separate programs, save them to
a file called something.ado, and to pass parameters from one program
to another as appropriate using -args- or -syntax- or the like.  See
the [P] manual and have a look at a good example:
. viewsource ivreg.ado
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