Re: [R] Wikis etc.

From: J Dougherty <jwd_at_surewest.net>
Date: Tue 10 Jan 2006 - 12:38:36 EST

On Monday 09 January 2006 11:31, Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
> . . .
>
> I certainly was not disparaging books. I said _in addition to_ books,
> not _insted of_. The reason I pointed this out is that I think
> most people already read the books. What many people don't
> do as far as can tell is read the code. Obviously if you are just
> starting out you are going to be relying on the documentation,
> books, etc. but once you get past the intro stage you need to get
> into code. One repeatedly sees questions on this list where just
> a minute or two spent with the code would have answered the
> question.
>
Gabor,

The issue IS the INTRO stage though, in fact well beyond the intro stage. Reading the code is well and good for a programmer, but many are not and never will be coders, and this group is going to continue to expand. Even an advanced statistician migrating from a proprietary system like SPSS to R is going to need documentation. They would not even know where in the code to look! Code is cool, but it really isn't expository.

John



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