RE^2: [Rd] New generic functions in "R base" {was `truncate'}

Warnes, Gregory R
Wed, 23 May 2001 17:40:27 -0400

  > From: Prof Brian Ripley []
  > > Warnes, Gregory R wrote:
  > >
  > > Shouldn't such generally useful functions get moved into base or some
  > > package that is on the default search path?  
  > Interesting Q.  Partly for performance reasons and partly for 
  > embedded applications, we are trying to make base a lot smaller.  
  > The agreed idea seems to be to have a tiny core for R and lots of added 
  > functionality.

I think the problem is that functions are not necessarily well grouped into
coherent packages.   Currently, what functionality is contained in each
package isn't being managed, per se.  Rather packages and functions within
packages seem to be accumulating organically.  

The need to trim down R-base to provides us with the opportunity to think
about how features are divided into packages.  We should make sure that the
packages that we create are coherently organized.  To do this , we will need
to "pull in" code from existing packages as well as "separating out" code
from R-base.


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