[R] Re: assigning with operator '='.
Frank E Harrell Jr
fharrell at virginia.edu
Thu May 23 04:15:13 CEST 2002
On Wed, 22 May 2002 20:27:15 -0400
Mike Prager <mprager at alum.mit.edu> wrote:
> At 10:59 AM 05/22/2002 -0300, Rolf Turner wrote:
> >Mind you, using ``='' as the assignment operator strikes me as being
> >dangerous anyhow. Bad design decision by the S people (by John
> >Chambers?) and R should ***not*** have followed suit, compatibility
> >or no compatibility.
> I for one would be delighted to see an option added to R allowing the user
> to turn off "=" as a valid assignment operator. That would allow
> maintaining S compatibility for those who want it, while allowing the rest
> of us an added measure of safety.
Or better still make the old behavior the default and have an option that will enable "=" for those (few?) who find it attractive. -Frank
> Mike Prager (mprager at alum.mit.edu)
> Beaufort, North Carolina
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