Re: [R] congratulations to the JGR developers

From: Gabor Grothendieck <>
Date: Tue 03 May 2005 - 01:06:03 EST

On 5/2/05, Andy Bunn <> wrote:
> > Just want to offer my congratulations to the JGR developers as
> > the recepient
> > of the 2005 Chambers Award. Great job, guys!!
> >
> This feels like the future of R to me. It's simple, powerful, and elegant
> just like R. As soon as the binary that works with 2.1 is released I'll use
> it exclusively on Linux and Windows. I'm deeply impressed.

I have not tried JGR but regarding your three adjective describing R, R is very powerful but I am not sure I would characterize it as simple and elegant -- complex and practical seem nearer to the mark to me. Some parts of R may be simple and elegant but when I think of simple and elegant languages I think of ones that are organized around a single concept like APL (arrays), Smalltalk (objects), etc. The underlying Lisp roots of R may have a certain simplicity to them and S3 (though not S4) is relatively simple but not R as a whole. On the other hand, the fact that it is practical, powerful and free with a broad set of builtin and addon functionality and has become a de facto standard for statistical research have been sufficient reason for me to do all my computing using R. mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide! Received on Tue May 03 01:15:34 2005

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