Wednesday, March 22, 2006

st: Naming convention, Ideas?

I am looking into writing a suite of wrapper data management commands around merge, mmerge, append, joinby, and cross that can either take a stata data file, gzip compressed data file or simply a comma or tab delimited text file as the -using- argument, e.g. <cmd_name> using *.dta | *.dta.gz | *.dgz | *.txt | *.cvs [, * ].

Two questions: 1) Any ideas w/ regard to a consistent naming convention that could be used? as I'd like to get it right the first time. I am not very fond of using an integer as a suffix a la cf2, cf3 for various reasons (e.g not very informative, unclear if integers imply incremental functionality, can conflict with others' names). So far I thought of:

- mmergeplus, appendplus, joinbyplus (but rather long) - aappend, jjoinby, (but look like typos, besides mmerge already exists)

2) Would anyone find these useful, i.e. should they be posted on SSC?

Patrick Joly

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