[Rd] Style question

Hervé Pagès hpages at fhcrc.org
Wed May 28 23:27:00 CEST 2014

Hi Ronald,

On 05/28/2014 01:46 PM, Ronald Barry wrote:
> Greetings,
>    When using a 'foreign' function (from another package, say function
> 'whatever' from package 'foo'), you can of course just require the package
> and then just have
> whatever(...)
> in your code.  However, I would like to use the
> foo::whatever(...)
> form instead, just for documentation purposes (easier to see what function
> comes from what package).  Is there a cost to doing this?  Is it considered
> good or bad style?  Thanks.

Even more important than choosing between whatever(...)
or foo::whatever(...), you should import that function
from the foo package by putting

   importFrom(foo, whatever)



in your NAMESPACE file.

The 1st form also kind of document what function comes from what

Note that you'll also need to have foo in the Depends or Imports field
of your DESCRIPTION file. Which field is appropriate depends on whether
or not you want foo to show up in the user's search path when s/he loads
your package with 'library(yourpackage)'.


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Hervé Pagès

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