[R] Reminiscing on 20 years using S

John Maindonald john.maindonald at anu.edu.au
Thu Dec 27 23:12:55 CET 2007

My first exposure to S was on an AT&T 3B2 (a 3B2/100,
I think), at the Auckland (Mt Albert) Applied Mathematics
Division Station of the NZ Dept of Scientific and Industrial
Research.  The AMD Head Office in Wellington had one
also.  There may have been one or more others; I cannot
remember. This would have been in 1983, maybe.

It was a superbly engineered machine, but the sofware
(System V, version 3.2) had its problems.  If you back
deleted too far along the command line, something
unpleasant (losing the line? or worse?) happened.
On typing 1+1 at the S command line, it took a second
to get an answer.

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On 27 Dec 2007, at 10:00 PM, r-help-request at r-project.org wrote:

> From: roger koenker <roger at ysidro.econ.uiuc.edu>
> Date: 27 December 2007 9:56:45 AM
> To: Greg Snow <Greg.Snow at imail.org>
> Cc: R-help list <R-help at stat.math.ethz.ch>
> Subject: Re: [R] Reminiscing on 20 years using S
> On Dec 26, 2007, at 2:05 PM, Greg Snow wrote:
>> I realized earlier this year (2007) that it was in 1987 that I first
>> started using an early version of S (it was ported to VMS and was  
>> called
>> success).  That means that I have been using some variant of S (to
>> various degrees) for over 20 years now (I don't feel that old).
> Boxing day somehow seems appropriate for this thread.  R.I.P. to all  
> those old boxes
> of yesteryore and the software that ran on them -- and yet there is  
> always a residual  archaeological curiosity.
> I discovered recently that the MIT athena network contains a circa  
> 1989 version
> of S:  http://stuff.mit.edu/afs/athena/astaff/project/Sdev/S/  which  
> made me wonder
> whether there was any likelihood that one could recreate "S Thu Dec   
> 7 16:49:47 EST 1989".
> Curiosity is one thing, time to dig through the layers of ancient  
> civilizations is quite another.
> But if anyone would like to offer a (preferably educated) guess  
> about the feasibility of  such a project, like I said, I would be  
> curious.
> url:    www.econ.uiuc.edu/~roger                Roger Koenker
> email   rkoenker at uiuc.edu                       Department of  
> Economics
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