Re: [R] Wikis etc.

From: J Dougherty <>
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.

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 mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide! Received on Tue Jan 10 12:41:15 2006

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