Re: [R] R is GNU S, not C.... [was "how to get or store ....."]

From: Jim Lemon <bitwrit_at_ozemail.com.au>
Date: Thu 08 Dec 2005 - 11:49:39 EST

Adaikalavan Ramasamy wrote:
> Yes, it drives me mad too when people use "=" instead of "<-" for
> assignment and suppress spaces in an naive attempt for saving space.
>
In fact, I like the <- assignment operator, but tend to write code densely myself as that is the way I like to view it. As R formats the source code it displays in the typographic density approved by the gurus, it does seem a tidge authoritarian to insist that everyone adhere to the same coding style in private. After all, I don't whinge about having to scroll up and down like a yoyo when attempting to decipher other people's "spaced out" code.

I intentionally don't use semicolons as line terminators in R to forestall my C reflexes. The greatest difficulty I have with this sort of interference is between R and Tcl-Tk which, combined with the correct titre of fatigue, almost always leads to syntax errors. I did enjoy Ted's defense of the semicolon in R, as it emphasizes the diversity of styles upon which cooperative programming depends.

Jim



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