[ESS] iESS[Stata] quirks

Rodney Sparapani rsparapa at mcw.edu
Wed Oct 15 18:49:32 CEST 2008

I'm not much of a Stata user or an iESS user so this might just be due 
to my lack of experience.  But, there appear to be a few quirks in 
iESS[Stata].  So, I have two issues.

1) the #delimit command can only be used in .do files.  But, of course, 
I may want to step through a .do file with iESS.  However, since the 
#delimit command is not allowed then, it can be painful.  Ok, this was a 
dumb design on Stata's part; I'll grant you.  But, maybe iESS[Stata] 
could watch for a '#delimit ;' command and then handle the input 
accordingly, i.e. split the input at ';' and send each part as
a single line.

2) similar problems occur when there are embedded comments.  Since
ESS recognizes comments, this might be handled easier, but it still 
needs to be handled.

Do others agree?  Or am I just not experienced enough with iESS[Stata]?


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