[R] the R interpreter

Martyn Plummer martyn at hobbes.iarc.fr
Wed Mar 3 09:43:05 CET 1999

On 02-Mar-99 Robert Burrows wrote:
> Hello,
> What can I read to learn more about interpreters in general and the R
> interpreter in particular? As for my level of computer competence, I can
> maintain my Linux system pretty easily and I can program a bit in C and
> Python.

A good place to start would be "Structure and Interpretation of Computer
Programs" by Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman, with Julie Sussman
(cited by Ross in his "R: Past and future history" paper, which you can
find on CRAN).  This is an introduction to computing using Scheme, one
of the languages on which R is based.  You can review the first chapter,
which is in fact quite a large chunk of the book, online


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