Re: [R] terms.inner

From: Berton Gunter <gunter.berton_at_gene.com>
Date: Tue 05 Sep 2006 - 16:26:01 GMT


Terry:

errr...

> > at it, although I don't remember the form. This Nixonesque
> passion with
> > hiding things is one of the reasons I still prefer Splus.
>

Two comments:

  1. The use of namespaces is a well-established appoach in computer science to avoid naming conflicts (and probably other stuff I don't understand).
  2. To be fair, S-Plus is a proprietary closed system, and so can and presumably does control its naming of new functions so that naming conflicts are avoided. R, which is an open system with literally hundreds of contributed packages cannot do this, and so must use some methodology like namespaces to do so.

Cheers,
Bert

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