Re: [R] Programming Concepts and Philosophy

From: Spencer Graves <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 06:02:27 -0700

      Maybe I missed it, but I haven't seen in this tread mention of Venables and Ripley (2000) S Programming (Springer). I found it interesting and useful, though I have not used it as much as MASS -- partly because it is more specialized and it's coverage is not as broad.


hadley wickham wrote:
>> However, on a more fundamental "programming philosophy" note, the fact
>> that R does not allow multiple references to one object is a limitation.
>> One of the fundamental principles of good programming is that there
>> should be a one-to-one correspondence between instances in the program
>> and objects in the "real world" (problem domain etc.), and having no
>> references makes achieving this difficult (and quite impossible for
>> more complex systems).
> This is a principle of object oriented programming, not good
> programming in general!
> Hadley
> mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code. Received on Fri 20 Jun 2008 - 15:42:08 GMT

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