[Rd] Best style to organize code, namespaces
misc7 at emerose.org
Wed Feb 24 03:35:25 CET 2010
Thanks to everyone for the responses so far. I didn't know about
setBreakpoint, mlocal, or proto before.
I think I'll try using proto a lot more and see if that fixes most of
my problems. It appeals to me for two bad reasons: I had run across
proto when reading the code to ggplot2 earlier but didn't know the
purpose before (and I like ggplot2 and plyr, so Hadley's endorsement
carries some weight with me). Also it uses an explicit passing of the
object to instances of that object---it's similar to Python's self,
and I'm a big fan of Python. Anyway, so much for rationality.
I find it interesting that everyone seems to run into this issue, and
everyone solves it in their own way. I hadn't known that Mark's
mvbutils and Duncan's setBreakpoint (how do I get this function?)
existed before. I also like Mark Kimpel's trick, which appeals to a
simple-minded person like me.
Either R needs to expand it's standard library, or there should be a
standard guide on what you really need to work productively. I'd have
a hard time in R without ggplot2, plyr, RUnit, perhaps proto now, and
a few other functions and modules, but it's taken a while to figure
out what I needed. It could be in 6 months I'll discover something
else and realize that I've been wasting my time all along.
Anyway, thanks again for all the responses!
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