[Bioc-devel] RFC: read.AnnotatedDataFrame

Wolfgang Huber huber at ebi.ac.uk
Thu May 24 23:22:01 CEST 2007

Dear Robert,

> I would prefer not to drop the widget option, even if all we do is to 
> say there is not one - please let us know that you want one. We should 
> avoid changing signatures unless it is really necessary - and this seems 
> to be aesthetic not semantic.


> If you really want to help the Excel folks out, then you would use 
> COM/DCOM to pull it directly from Excel, rather than force them to save 
> as a file etc. I think it is quite straightforward and there have been 
> several examples on the mailing list recently.

Good point. I think both will be useful - reading from tab-delimited 
files (somewhat more portable), and via RODBC (which is very nice but a 
bit tedious to install on Linux, at least last time I did it).

Do people have any strong objections to changing defaults to:
sep="\t", header=TRUE, quote ="", as.is=TRUE

Best wishes

Wolfgang Huber  EBI/EMBL  Cambridge UK  http://www.ebi.ac.uk/huber

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