Re: R-alpha: Misc problems

Martyn Plummer (
Tue, 18 Feb 1997 09:59:12 +0100

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Date: Tue, 18 Feb 1997 09:59:12 +0100
From: Martyn Plummer <>
Subject: Re: R-alpha: Misc problems

At 20:53 17/02/97, wrote:

>In the interests of compatibility I have already added code which
>provides "stretchy" vectors and lists for the next version.  There is a
>lot of code which uses this facility.  I have been checking our object
>system code by running Bill Venables "polynomial" class code and it
>uses this facility.

This is a shame.  I understand that it is necessary for compatibility
with S, but I really preferred the more rigorous approach of R. I found
quite a few bugs running programs under R which slipped by unnoticed in S.

Would it be possible to have an option which switches off stretchy vectors
for people who want to write cleaner and more efficient code? And does
anyone else want this?


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