[Rd] R/S-Plus compatibility package

John Chambers jmc@research.bell-labs.com
Sat, 6 Jan 2001 17:19:46 -0500 (EST)

We're starting work on an R package and corresponding S-Plus library
to help programmers write software that will work in both systems.

Some descriptions and downloadable software are available on the
Omegahat web site, at

The strategy, as described there, is to be as back-compatible within R
and within S-Plus as possible, but provide tools and guidelines to
smooth over inconsistencies between the two implementations of the S

The tools will include both S language and C/C++ support.  It's
starting off with the functions that access objects (get, etc.), a
couple of tools for dealing with language objects, and a bit of
miscellany.  More to come shortly.

If you're experienced or interested in writing software targeted to
both R and S-Plus, please take a look at the package.  It's at a very
early stage, and comments, suggestions of what should be in there, or
(especially) contributions are very much needed.

John M. Chambers                  jmc@bell-labs.com
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