RE: [R] R annoyances

From: Taylor, Z Todd <>
Date: Sat 21 May 2005 - 07:37:56 EST

On Friday, May 20, 2005 11:29 AM, Jari Oksanen wrote:

> The most beautiful thing in old R (I started with 0.63) was
> that it was
> in the elegant unix tradition: all lower case and point (full stop,
> period, whatever) in places where you needed it. It is
> unfortunate that
> other languages are creeping in and old neat constructions
> are replaces
> with C++ style uGliNess. There was a grace period when switching from
> beautiful (fair) print.coefmat to ugLy printCoefmat, but some changes
> were more abrupt (package.description). I have a feeling that the
> recent trashing of names.dist (with a lot of code breakage
> even in base
> R) was caused by the same kind of political correctness.
> Please Mr R, keep it like it used to be...

BecauseIt'sFridayI'llJoinIntoThisTiredOldDebate.TheUseOfMixedCase UglinessToDistinguishBetween"Words"InObjectNamesIsIndeedAn Abomination.

It_is_much_easier,_and_demonstrably_so_I_would_say,_to_use some_kind_of_real_separator_between_"words."

S.and.R.have.historically.encouraged.a.different.separator than.most.other.languages,

And the double benefit is that it leaves case available for other good uses, such as indicating an object's scope:


Z. Todd Taylor
Senior Development Engineer
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Why is it "after dark," not "after light"?

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