[Rd] truncate

Paul Gilbert pgilbert@bank-banque-canada.ca
Tue, 15 May 2001 13:28:01 -0400

PG> I don't think there is a problem, but there used to be a recommendation to use
PG> same name for the first argument in generic and specific methods. Is that still
PG> important?

BDR>It is desirable in R, important in S, essential in S-PLUS 6.0.

BDR>There is already a truncate function in Rstreams, BTW, which this
BDR>is intended to supersede.  That (and that in R-devel) do mean the same as
BDR>the system call truncate(3c), which I guess yours does not.

I guess if functions are going to be moving from packages into base there will be a
lot more chance for name conflicts. Generic functions help a lot to solve this but it
seems a naming convention for the first argument may be a good idea too. Some time
ago I changed many of my generic functions to use "x" as the first argument (on
someone's recommendation).

Paul Gilbert

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