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Re: st: Question about technical term and use of external programs by Stata

From   "Tom Trikalinos" <>
Subject   Re: st: Question about technical term and use of external programs by Stata
Date   Tue, 11 Mar 2008 17:18:57 -0400

_plugin_ is the term.

in my limited experience (I've written only a handful for personal
use) preferred language for plugins is C/C++  and if you want to use
fortran code you have to write a C wrapper. easier than it sounds


On Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 3:42 PM,  <> wrote:
> Dear All,
>  Would it be possible to you to provide me the technical term (the problem
>  here is the English) of the process by which Stata calls another program,
>  which, in turn, does all calculations and sends results back to Stata?
>  I just have written a program that I think it will be very useful to other
>  Stata users. Nonetheless, since the current Stata programming does not
>  support very well "heavy", exact tests, for some calculations Stata calls
>  a fortran program do to the task. Is this an elegant way to do something
>  in Stata that cannot be done in terms of standard Stata programming? The
>  program in a .exe file renamed to .ado. The source code is available for
>  Unix users. Hence, I would like to know your previous experience with this
>  kind of stuff as well as if there is a problem in making that program ( a
>  .exe masked as .ado) available?
>  All the best,
>  Tiago
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