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Re: st: Re: Listing user-written ado files called by program

From   Richard Williams <[email protected]>
To   [email protected], [email protected]
Subject   Re: st: Re: Listing user-written ado files called by program
Date   Wed, 07 Sep 2011 10:58:42 -0500

At 01:27 AM 9/7/2011, Partho Sarkar wrote:
This may be a common situation:

Like most Stata users, I have accumulated a number of user-written
programs (mostly downloaded from the SSC server, but also some other
sources).  In a program I have written, I implicitly use some of these
user-written programs via commands (e.g., rtfutil, listtab etc.).  I
have to share this program with other colleagues/clients, who
obviously will not have these downloaded programs.  So I would like to
include a note with my program listing all the user-written programs
which my program uses.  Since there are many of these, in several of
my sub-routines spread over do files, it would be quite tedious to
manually track them down one-by-one.  Any suggestions?

Much as I like user-written programs, this kind of stuff makes me a little nervous since there is no guarantee that the user-written program won't have important changes across time. Stata works very hard for backward compatibility via version control, but that doesn't mean the authors of user-written programs will do the same. Depending on what you are doing, you might consider incorporating snippets of code from other programs and include acknowledgements in the comments. Barring that, you might just get in the habit of including comments in your code that indicate what SSC routines are required.

Richard Williams, Notre Dame Dept of Sociology
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