[Rd] Request: Suggestions for "good teaching" packages, esp. with C code

luke-tierney at uiowa.edu luke-tierney at uiowa.edu
Wed Feb 16 17:11:00 CET 2011

If you evaluate return(x) in an evironment env then then that will
execute a return from the function call associated with env or signal
an error if there is none.  That is the way return() is intended to



On Wed, 16 Feb 2011, Duncan Murdoch wrote:

> On 11-02-16 7:31 AM, Martin Becker wrote:
>> On 15.02.2011 22:48, David Scott wrote:
>>> On 16/02/2011 7:04 a.m., Paul Johnson wrote:
>>>> ...
>>>> 4. We don't want gratuitous use of "return" at the end of functions.
>>>> Why do people still do that?
>>> Well I for one (and Jeff as well it seems) think it is good
>>> programming practice. It makes explicit what is being returned
>>> eliminating the possibility of mistakes and provides clarity for
>>> anyone reading the code.
>>> David Scott
>> AFAIR (but I am not sure, maybe some expert can comment on this), there
>> is a difference between using return and not using return when R code is
>> called from C-code via eval(). If my memory is correct, a return()
>> statement (in the R code) would abort the C function (which is trying to
>> evaluate the R code, e.g., the body of a function) as well, which is
>> probably not intended. So, the use of return() in R code may be quite
>> disadvantageous in certain situations.
> As far as I know there is no such effect.  I suspect what you saw just 
> triggered a bug in the C code that had stayed hidden before.
> Duncan Murdoch
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