[Rd] New pipe operator

Duncan Murdoch murdoch@dunc@n @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Fri Dec 4 12:50:39 CET 2020

Just saw this on the R-devel news:

R now provides a simple native pipe syntax ‘|>’ as well as a shorthand 
notation for creating functions, e.g. ‘\(x) x + 1’ is parsed as 
‘function(x) x + 1’. The pipe implementation as a syntax transformation 
was motivated by suggestions from Jim Hester and Lionel Henry. These 
features are experimental and may change prior to release.

This is a good addition; by using "|>" instead of "%>%" there should be 
a chance to get operator precedence right.  That said, the ?Syntax help 
topic hasn't been updated, so I'm not sure where it fits in.

There are some choices that take a little getting used to:

 > mtcars |> head
Error: The pipe operator requires a function call or an anonymous 
function expression as RHS

(I need to say mtcars |> head() instead.)  This sometimes leads to error 
messages that are somewhat confusing:

 > mtcars |> magrittr::debug_pipe |> head
Error: function '::' not supported in RHS call of a pipe


mtcars |> magrittr::debug_pipe() |> head()


Overall, I think this is a great addition, though it's going to be 
disruptive for a while.

Duncan Murdoch

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