[Rd] standardization of slot access

Sebastian P. Luque spluque at gmail.com
Tue Sep 26 22:48:17 CEST 2006


I'm usually confused about when to use 'slot' or '@'.  I've frequently
read that it's always preferable to use accessor functions, so I would
think the '@' operator should be avoided.  However, ?slot contains the
following advise:

"Generally, the only reason to use the functional form rather than the
simpler operator is _because_ the slot name has to be computed."

How do we decide whether to use the function or the operator?



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