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Re: st: RE: Critique on comment syntax and suggestions


From   Daniel Feenberg <feenberg@nber.org>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: RE: Critique on comment syntax and suggestions
Date   Fri, 28 Jan 2011 14:34:03 -0500 (EST)


On Fri, 28 Jan 2011, Steven Samuels wrote:

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I've been bitten in the past by omitting semicolons. I now use continuation characters, and reserve the semicolon to delimit single commands, especially for graphs, that have many, often long, options. I find such commands easier to read and modify if each option is on a single line. If I use continuation characters in such commands, the lines look messy unless I line the characters up. For me that's too much work. As Nick said, it's personal taste.

Bryce, you are asking Stata's do-file editor to find syntax errors, and I

Not really - the line:

  drop if criticalvar=1;

is stricktly speaking part of the comment, and he is asking that it be colored as a comment, to match the view that Stata will take. Currently the editor is treating it as executable, which is clearly an incorrect parsing of the code.

don't think that's its function. After reading the second post David referred to (it's by Joseph Coveney), I don't really see a bug. Off topic, "Stata" is spelled "Stata." See the FAQ Section 8.2.

Steve





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