Re: [Rd] function bug (PR#7199)

From: Byron Ellis <bellis_at_hsph.harvard.edu>
Date: Wed 25 Aug 2004 - 10:47:37 EST

Its there so people can be lazy and say s= instead of sb=. That sort of thing happens all the time in interactive environments. However, I'd hardly call it obfuscating---it doesn't reverse a known practice within the language domain, though its activity is apparently somewhat surprising. No worse than the effects of lexical scoping. Also, if people don't read the manual, how are they to learn the language? Its like saying you should make Scheme's macro syntax understandable at first glance. Unfortunately, the result is C's macro syntax (it you can call it that).

On Aug 24, 2004, at 3:34 PM, Peter Kleiweg wrote:

> Prof Brian Ripley schreef:
>
>>>> This is _not_ a bug. Please read `R Language Manual', section 4.3.2
>
> Found it, without section numbers.
>
> I read it, and I can't think why anyone would come up with such
> a scheme. It goes against all practices in other programming
> languages. It is obfuscating. It's like designing a language
> where 'if' actually means 'unless', just so you can chide some
> more people for not reading the manual.
>
> --
> Peter Kleiweg
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