[Rd] Extending suggestion for stopifnot

ivo welch ivo.welch at gmail.com
Wed Aug 21 00:39:10 CEST 2013

functionality is nice.  syntax is weird.  I think I would have
preferred an "interpolate" function call.
    stop( i("class is `class(pi)` and $pi") )
three typing letters, too, and more logical.  most importantly, I wish
we had some form of this in base R from the outset--whatever it is--so
that my students get used to using the standard from the outset.

[the {{...}} had the advantage of being unlikely to break anything.
perl has it nicely done--- " is interpolated, ' is not.  but this is a
bridge that we crossed long ago in R.  it would break too much.]


Ivo Welch (ivo.welch at gmail.com)
J. Fred Weston Professor of Finance
Anderson School at UCLA, C519
Director, UCLA Anderson Fink Center for Finance and Investments
Free Finance Textbook, http://book.ivo-welch.info/
Editor, Critical Finance Review, http://www.critical-finance-review.org/

On Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 3:28 PM, Gabor Grothendieck
<ggrothendieck at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM, ivo welch <ivo.welch at gmail.com> wrote:
>> character string at the end of an existing function, stopifnot().  (2)
>> I think "estrings" (that behave like characters but are interpolated
>> before printout) are useful in the same way perl interpolated strings
>> are useful.
> The gsubfn package has string interpolation somewhat like perl.
> Preface a function call with fn$ and then back ticks and $ are
> interpolated.
> library(gsubfn)
> fn$identity("pi is $pi")
> library(sqldf)
> fn$sqldf("select * from BOD where Time > $pi")
> fn$stop("class is `class(pi)`")

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