[Rd] Julia

Duncan Murdoch murdoch.duncan at gmail.com
Tue Mar 6 01:33:10 CET 2012

On 12-03-05 6:58 PM, Hervé Pagès wrote:
> Hi Oliver,
> On 03/05/2012 09:08 AM, oliver wrote:
>> On Mon, Mar 05, 2012 at 03:53:28PM +0000, William Dunlap wrote:
>>> I haven't used Julia yet, but from my quick reading
>>> of the docs it looks like arguments to functions are
>>> passed by reference and not by value, so functions
>>> can change their arguments.  My recollection from when
>>> I first started using S (in the course of a job helping
>>> profs and grad students do statistical programming, c. 1983)
>>> is that not having to worry about in-place algorithms changing
>>> your data gave S a big advantage over Fortran or C.
>> [...]
>> C also uses Call-by-Value.
> C *only* uses Call-by-Value.

While literally true, the fact that you can't send an array by value, 
and must send the value of a pointer to it, kind of supports Bill's 
point:  in C, you mostly end up sending arrays by reference.

Duncan Murdoch

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