[Rd] R Startup configuration file

Barry Rowlingson b.rowlingson at lancaster.ac.uk
Fri Feb 12 16:33:18 CET 2010

On Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 2:22 PM, Simon Urbanek
<simon.urbanek at r-project.org> wrote:

> This is getting OT, but, please, no XML. It's entirely useless in this
> context IMHO (as it is in others, but that's another story) and we already
> have reliable support for storing R objects (more than one in fact). Despite
> the fact that some used to claim human readability of XML in practice it
> turns out to be false, so I don't see any real benefits of XML in this
> context.

 Yes, I agree. Originally I was hoping to have a nice
human-and-computer readable config.ini file:

contrasts = structure(list(contrasts = structure(c("contr.treatment",
), .Names = c("unordered", "ordered"))), .Names = "contrasts")

but the lack of an ini parser in R made me think "heck, let's do it in
something we do have a parser for...".

maybe I should use JSON? Yeah, we have a parser and that's what all
the hipster web 3.0 kids are using these days....


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