[Rd] string concatenation operator (revisited)
murdoch@dunc@n @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Mon Dec 6 11:06:42 CET 2021
On 06/12/2021 1:14 a.m., Radford Neal wrote:
>> The TL;DR version is base R support for a `+.character` method. This
>> would essentially provide a shortcut to `paste0`...
> In pqR (see pqR-project.org), I have implemented ! and !! as binary
> string concatenation operators, equivalent to paste0 and paste,
> For instance,
> > "hello" ! "world"
>  "helloworld"
> > "hello" !! "world"
>  "hello world"
> > "hello" !! 1:4
>  "hello 1" "hello 2" "hello 3" "hello 4"
I'm curious about the details:
Would `1 ! 2` convert both to strings?
Where does the binary ! fit in the operator priority? E.g. how is
a ! b > c
> This seems preferable to overloading the + operator, which would lead
> to people reading code wondering whether a+b is doing an addition or a
> string concatenation. There are very few circumstances in which one
> would want to write code where a+b might be either of these. So it's
> better to make clear what is going on by having a different operator
> for string concatenation.
> Plus ! and !! semm natural for representing paste0 and paste, whereas
> using ++ for paste (with + for paste0) would look rather strange.
> Radford Neal
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